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The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition Hardcover – September 25, 2001

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Sixty years have passed since a curious little chimp in Africa met the man with the big yellow hat and got into the first of many scrapes. Decades later, George is as curious--and naughty--as ever. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Curious George's debut, this special edition is a collection of seven classic adventures by Margret and H.A. Rey, along with an introduction by critic Leonard Marcus, a retrospective note by publisher Anita Silvey, a history of the Reys by Dee Jones, curator of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, and a photo album. The many generations of fans of the "good little monkey who was always very curious" will be fascinated to learn how H.A. and Margret escaped on bicycle from German-occupied Paris, with just their winter coats and several picture books (including a draft of Curious George, then called Fifi) strapped to the racks. Photos and essays reveal H.A. to have been a gentle, humorous man, while Margret, by all accounts, was spirited and brutally direct, with a keen business mind. The chemistry between them worked beautifully. Between them, they created one of the most beloved characters in children's literature. This handsome volume includes Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Gathering all of the intrepid monkey's tales under one roof, The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 60th Anniversary Edition by Margret and H.A. Rey begins with an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, continues with publisher Anita Silvey's perspective and follows with the six original tales in their entirety. Photos of the creative couple close the volume.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books; 60 Har/Com edition (September 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618164413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618164417
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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283 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What can be added to classic stories like these? The content of this collection is unimpeachable, so I'll pass and skip onto what downgraded the collection.
In short, this is a very shoddily constructed book. My wife and I carefully handled it when reading to our son, but within a couple days the page bundles were separating from the binding in two spots. This has progressed at such a rate that the whole book is threatening to come apart.
This is inexcusable, particularly given the thickness of the book. If you make a collection like this that will be heavily used and will certainly be handled less than gingerly by children, you better make it strong. That ours got wonky while being read from by two responsible adults makes it worse. Shame on Houghton Mifflin for producing such a poorly made book!
We purchased "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" in the hopes of saving a few dollars over purchasing all seven of the included stories separately. In light of the poor quality, though, it has proven itself to be a terrible value. Check out other options rather than purchasing a book sure to self-destruct.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when my three year old was born, and we have been reading it ever since. We can read other books during the day, but at night, only Curious George will do. Since the stories are rather long (50-60 pages, albeit with large text and lots of pics), I now have my son read the stories to me, and he has memorized them all by using the illustrations as cues. We also have discussions about how George must feel in different situations, and what we would do if we were in his place. For both the story lines and the wonderful, colorful illustrations we rate "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" a classic among classcs for children.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 19, 2005
Format: Board book
This book set is perfect for my two year old. He asks to read it over and over, or just sits and "reads" it himself, pointing to the pictures and naming things, and best of all, kissing the bunnies.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2002
Format: Board book
I added this book to my registry because Curious George is a book I remember loving strongly when I was very young. Curious George is a classic, and I wanted to share that enjoyment with my little one, when she becomes old enough to understand it more.
This set comes in a sturdy box that buttons to close and contains four different Curious George books inside. The books are all board books and each one has the bright and delightful cartoons that I remember inside.
While my baby is still too young to get the gist of the stories, she does enjoy chewing on the book, hehe, and the bright colors keep her attention. This is an awesome gift set, especially for the good price.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved Curious George as a kid. So of course my daughter had to be introduced to him.

She loved the stories instantly. It could be because of my enthusiasm for the stories.

Her favorites were the first story because of the balloons and the one with learning the alphabet. I had to read them several times. Even a couple times in one sitting.

The one bad thing about this book is the binding. It wore out a little too easily. Her Winnie the Pooh book is much bigger and it is still tight. This book could have been better bound so I will knock it one point.

Other then that it's a classic that will probably get read to my grandchildren someday.

I happened to be in a bookstore and noticed a different binding on a copy of the book. This is probably why there is there are people saying it's bad and good. My copy is old and the book only yellow. The new book looks like they added a support "tape" to it.....
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By DocCaligari on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a review of _The Complete Adventures of Curious George_.
I know that I read (or had read to me) at least some of the Curious George books when I was in grade school. And I remember that I liked them. But that's almost all I remember. So, when we were given this book as a present for our two children, I didn't know what to expect.
I am now in awe of what a wonderful series of stories this is. There are seven stories, published over a series of twenty-five years. By modern publishing standards, that's not a lot of books for a successful series. There's a reason for that: Margaret and H.A. Rey took their time to craft fine stories.
These are stories that are written in a simple, comprehensible way, so my kids have been enjoying them since they were three years old. However, the stories are not "dumbed down" for children. The plots are interesting, with twists and turns. In "Curious George Gets a Medal," George goes from thinking about writing letters, to trying to clean up some spilled ink, to trying to find a pump to clean up some water, to trying to find an animal to drag a pump, to a museum, where he meets the person who had written the letter that started him on his quest (!), to a rocket ride. This description cannot do justice to the natural flow the incidents have in the context of the story.
The illustrations are in a bright, charming, and in what is (now) an immediately recognizable style. Unlike so many children's books, it is obvious that great care has been put into the illustrations. In one picture, George is shown floating over the city, carried aloft by some balloons he had taken.
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