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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 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Com edition (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618800638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618800636
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (who would be known to most of the world as Margret Rey) was born in Hamburg on May 16, 1906. Her future husband, Hans Augusto Rey, was born on September 16, 1898, in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up there near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. The two met briefly when Margret was a young girl, before she left Hamburg to study art. They were reunited in 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans was selling bathtubs as part of a family business and Margret was escaping the political climate in Germany. Margret convinced Hans to leave the family business, and soon they were working together on a variety of projects.

Hans and Margret were married in Brazil on August 16, 1935, and they moved to Paris after falling in love with the city during their European honeymoon. It was there that Hans published his first children's book, after a French publisher saw his newspaper cartoons of a giraffe and asked him to expand upon them. Raffy and the Nine Monkeys (Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys in the British and American editions) was the result, and it marked the debut of a mischievous monkey named Curious George.

After Raffy and the Nine Monkeys was published, the Reys decided that Curious George deserved a book of his own, so they began work on a manuscript that featured the lovable and exceedingly curious little monkey. But the late 1930s and early '40s were a tumultuous time in Europe, and before the new manuscript could be published, the Reys--both German Jews--found themselves in a horrible situation. Hitler and his Nazi party were tearing through Europe, and they were poised to take control of Paris.

Knowing that they must escape before the Nazis took power, Hans cobbled together two bicycles out of spare parts. Early in the morning of June 14, 1940, the Reys set off on their bicycles. They brought very little with them on their predawn flight -- only warm coats, a bit of food, and five manuscripts, one of which was Curious George. The Nazis entered Paris just hours later, but the Reys were already on their way out. They rode their makeshift bicycles for four long days until reaching the French-Spanish border, where they sold them for train fare to Lisbon. From there they made their way to Brazil and on to New York City, beginning a whole new life as children's book authors.

Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, and for sixty years these books have been capturing the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. All the Curious George books, including the seven original stories by Margret and Hans, have sold more than twenty-five million copies. So popular that his original story has never been out of print, George has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in children's literature. His adventures have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Chinese, Danish, and Norwegian.

Although both of the Reys have passed away -- Hans in 1977 and Margret in 1996--George lives on in the Curious George Foundation. Established in 1989, this foundation funds programs for children that share Curious George's irresistible qualities--ingenuity, opportunity, determination, and curiosity in learning and exploring. Much consideration is given to programs that benefit animals, through preservation as well as the prevention of cruelty to animals. The foundation supports community outreach programs that emphasize the importance of family, from counseling to peer support groups.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the last of the original Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey. In it, George is home alone when a package arrives at the door. Since the man with the yellow hat is away, George opens the package, and everlastingly curious, swallows one of the puzzle pieces that he finds inside. When his stomach begins to hurt, the man with the yellow hat checks him into the hospital children's ward to have it removed. There he meets many children, among them the frightened and sad Betsy. In the process of his own recovery, George gets up to his inevitable monkey mischief, makes an enormous mess and manages to cheer up the sad little girl.

While the story quality of this George book isn't quite up to the others in the original series, it is still a great read-aloud, even when no hospital visit is imminent for the listener. And if a hospital visit does become necessary, the story may help prepare them for the experience. A 1960's hospital is quite different than a hospital of today, but caregiving adults in uniform, needles, hospital gowns, and the practice of anesthesia for surgery remain the same.

Most Curious George stories are simple fun, but this one actually provides a moral example to follow. George's attitudes of bravery, cheerfulness and helping others feel better is a positive one, even if he does get into mischief.
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The story itself is quite cute - Curious George gets into one of his regular shenanigans and makes a new friend while at the hospital - but the formatting is terrible and it is difficult to read, especially on one of the original Kindles. The pictures have been insterted into the book so that the child can see them, but they are very small and it looks like someone just made photo copies, so they are poor quality. The reading flow is choppy and it didn't hold my daughter's attention (she is almost 3 and LOVES Curious George).
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By Morna on December 26, 2012
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This is one of the best Curious George books I have ever read! In fact I still read it sometimes because we have the hardcover collection book. Beautifully written and explained. I would read this to my cousins. Good book to read when your young child is going the hospital. It might calm their nerves at bit. Reccomended ages 3-7
~Emma,13,CA
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By Trent on February 4, 2013
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My 5 year old loves this book. He does not like going to the doctor, and he so loves that George has shared experiences, and that he gets better (even though he has to get a shot to do so). This book teaches empathy, bravery, and not to put thngs that don't belong there in your mouth! .
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By Jo on February 23, 2014
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Given as a gift to a little boy who is constantly in the hospital due to a chronic disease. He was already familiar with George and loved that this little monkey was seeing what he saw when at the doctors.
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