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About the Author

The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of 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. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. 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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; New title edition (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618494960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618494965
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on December 13, 2010
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The book is good, and my granddarlings enjoy it. But my advice is to get the book rather than the Kindle version. The Kindle formatting is less than wonderful. In some cases the text shows up in the font and size you've chosen; in other places it shows up in such teeny-tiny type that even the kids can't read it, let alone an old woman like me. Zooming in doesn't help the type at all; it will make some illustrations big enough to see detail in, but not all of them.

I like having kids' books on my Kindle; it has helped out in a number of little emergencies when the kids could no longer cope with waiting for whatever it was we were waiting for -- a table in the restaurant, a minor car repair, an appointment of some sort, the errand their mother was running. Unless you're familiar with the book, though, and can fill in from memory all the places you can't read in the Kindle text, this one is just going to frustrate you and the kids.

UPDATE: This books shows up very well in the Kindle Cloud Reader on my iPad. The illustrations are easy to see and the text is all readable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. McIver on January 22, 2008
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I think we'll have to buy some more copies of this story, my son makes us read it at least 4 - 5 times a week to him. He loves firefighters (and George of course) so this is a perfect fit.

I've noticed some of the newer stories "inspired" by Margaret and H.A. Rey -- this is one of their originals / classics. Timeless and precious are words that come to mind when thinking about the actual story.

So many opportunities to learn / teach within the classic George stories -- I think because some of the pictures, things, stuff in the story are vintage and unfamiliar it encourages the child to inquire more.

We're huge fans -- and if you watch the specials, sometimes they have 4 for price of 3 on [...]

Of course, you should try to support your local bookstore whenever you can!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Ovalle on February 15, 2009
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My 3 year old loves both Curious George and Fire trucks, so this book was sure to be a hit with him. It's not exactly "classic-quality" reading, but still, it was a nice little story. It was neither overly wordy or simplistic--just the right level for him and not too boring for me to handle repeated readings. It has the classic George illustrations, rather than the tv version. Though my son is a fan of the show, he was just as happy with the classic illustrations (which I prefer). Great for bedtime or snuggletime!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Indigo Felle on August 24, 2009
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My son loves the TV show Curious George, as well as the books, but this is by far his favorite, on account of his absolute obsession with fire trucks. There are many different pictures of fire trucks, unlike some other books where a fire truck might appear only on a single page--and there are also illustrations of part of the fire house (like the classic pole) and the uniform.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for little ones who enjoy fire trucks, whether they currently are a Curious George fan or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scofield on September 25, 2011
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My daughter just loves curious George and in fact that was her last birthday theme. We gave out an assortment of these as favors. Everyone loved the idea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tropical Mom on December 30, 2013
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My 3 year old loves Curious George and fire trucks; put them together and this is the best book ever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2012
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It's a cute story and I'm sure the hard copy is great, but for the kindle it's not so great. The pictures are small and don't always line up with the part of the story they go with, if that makes any sense. I was dissapointed and my daughte (who loves curious George) didn't even want me to finish reading it to her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonio on January 2, 2014
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My nephew loves this book that I bought to go along with his fire truck. It was his favorite gift
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