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Jorge el Curioso (Curious George) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – October 13, 1976


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Spanish Language edition (October 13, 1976)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0395249090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395249093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Certain to be one of the most popular of the picture-book translations." School Library Journal

Language Notes

Text: Spanish (translation)
Original Language: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By fastreader on March 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my three-year-old granddaughter at Christmas. She loves it and has developed a pretty good accent (as good as mine, anyhow :) She knows what a bolsa is, and a monito and of course a sombrero amarillo. She has it firmly in mind that balloon = globo, so the globe of the world is like a balloon. Red is rojo and blue is azul.
And she hasn't yet taken to smoking a pipe :)
What's especially interesting is that she doesn't require that the story be translated, though she does like to talk about what Jorge is up to on a given page. "WHY did the man put Jorge in a bolsa?"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Crews on January 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The dust jacket for this book, which you can view here on amazon by clicking "Search inside this book" advertises: "This translation has been made especially for American children who want to learn Spanish. They will find a complete vocabulary at the end of the book. In addition, some Spanish phrases and expressions that may be unknown to the beginner are translated at the foot of each page."

Strangely, the book itself does not have those features. While it is a charming book, and my children will certainly enjoy it, there is no vocabulary at the end of the book, and there are no footnotes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you like Curious George, you'll enjoy him all over again in Spanish. Jorge is unstoppable- he gets to know the city and finds a happy home at the zoo. The fun is in the trouble that he causes along the way!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Viteri on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are both fluent in Spanish and we love this book for our two year old son. I speak only Spanish to him, hubby speaks to him in both English and Spanish. We are always looking for good books in Spanish.

This one has great, colourful pictures (there are two pictures with pipe smokers in them, but come on! It is a classic and if you can't teach your children not to smoke, is this really going to influence them that much!ha ha)and lots of good vocabulary for every day things written into a simple, fun story. It is beyond the "board book level" and yet not so complicated that a 22 month old gets bored. On the weekend, he asks his dad to read it 4 or 5 times a day, AND he will happily sit through the whole thing, especially the zoo animals at the end. (That is my only problem...the suggestion that the zoo is the greatest place to live!! in Captivity!!)

Note that there is not an English translation included, but if you are learning Spanish (and especially if you know the English story already) and want a bit of a challenge for yourself, the pictures will help you with YOUR vocabulary development, too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on December 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you'd like to teach your child Spanish, reading meaningful books is a great way to do it. As other reviewers have noted, this story is easy enough to give hints for vocabulary memorization - and the child will retain the story as well as the words. If you're worried about pronunciation, you can get something with a CD like Flip Flop Spanish to help you and your child gain more confidence as well as to be able to talk ABOUT the story in Spanish.

My weekly Spanish classes (ages 4 to 40) all love it when I read aloud to them, and this is a book I use often. It keeps them laughing and increases vocabulary.

Sra. Gose
Author of Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
What could be better than a smoking monkey? A monkey smoking in Spanish? Maybe. Anyone looking for the classic "Curious George" book in Spanish can stop clamoring for succor. End your journey and your wailing, it's here. This volume includes the classic tale in a much deserved, complete, very readable and uncensored translation. What more does anyone need? Well, perhaps a warning is in order for the squeamish: though this book gets subsumed under the category "children's book," remember that it was originally published in 1941, a time with a vastly different ethos. In this book, Curious George happily smokes a pipe ("una buena pipa"), is taken from Africa by a European and put in a zoo which is depicted as the greatest thing that could ever happen to him. If any of this sounds potentially offensive, then jam the gears in reverse and look for another book. No effort was made to clean up the original as-is story for the Spanish edition (thankfully). George enthusiastically revels in all his mischief: he tries to fly in imitation of seagulls, which lands him in the ocean; he accidentally calls the fire department, which sends them flailing towards what they think is a fire; he cleverly escapes from prison; and, bursting with curiosity he flies off with two fistfuls of balloons and wafts over the city. Everything remains for those who simply want to read the classic tale in Spanish.

Those looking for Children's books as a Spanish language aid, be aware that "Jorge el Curioso," though not difficult, does not cater to absolute beginners. The present subjunctive appears at least once ("no hagas travesuras") as well as various compound tenses. Those unfamiliar with these tenses as well as the preterite or imperfect may get a workout, though not an insurmountable one.
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Format: Paperback
Yes... the man in the yellow hat is a poacher. Yes... George (Jorge) sets a bad example. We still love this book at our house. Right now my daughter is 5 months old, and since she was barely 1 month she has been able to sit through an entire reading of Jorge el Curioso! We're a bilingual household, so hearing Spanish is nothing new to her, but she loves to look at Rey's bright, delightful illustrations and listen to my voice. The translation is excellent--I did not read the original, full-text story (in English or Spanish) as a kid, but I can't imagine it any other way now. Believe me, I have read this book MANY times already (I read to her daily) and still enjoy it.

Perhaps when my daughter gets older some of the values and events of the book will warrant discussion (George's pipe smoking, the kidnapping of George, the fact that his "travesuras" always come out alright in the end). Like every parent wants for their child, I want my daughter to grow up compassionate and responsible (and tobacco-free), but what's a childhood book collection without at least a little mischief? The book is great fun and this is one of the best Spanish translations of a children's book I've seen, bottom line.
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Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941. Curious George has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.