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Curious George's First Day of School Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618605649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618605644
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought this book to commemorate my son starting pre-school.
dmageloff
We watch his shows, we read his books, and there is always a nice lesson to discuss while having fun.
Sandy K. Pann
Nice book great introduction to primary and secondary colors if your kids are not familiar.
Thomas G. Berger

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By raboof on February 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, written relatively recently and drawn by Anna Grossnickle Hines pales in comparison to the longer and more involved stories of Curious George from Rey's early portfolio. George faces no serious crisis, and his curiosity is unportrayed.

The story begins with George and his friend eating breakfast and preparing to go to school. Where the story could have used this situation to explore the anxiety of first-time school children, the author simply puts George in the position of teacher's assistant. Then, the kids all play happily and George helps them. To this point, the story is wholly uninteresting, unfortunately.

What happens next is the typical "George gets curious" plot point, except that George doesn't seem curious about what he is doing. He mixes paints to make new colors and ends up making a big mess. He is never really portrayed as being curious about what colors are to be created, nor is he very curious about anything else.

After the mess, the teacher does nothing of importance, neither scolding George for his curiosity nor assuring him that everything is fine. Of course George feels like he needs to help, so he goes straight to the janitor's closet to get a mop and ends up spilling water everywhere. Again, George is not portrayed as curious, only bumbling.

In the end, all the kids feel sorry for George and help him clean up the mess. George gets the praise of the principal and janitor and everyone goes home happy.

The story is short, trite, and not true to the Curious George character. I did not like the book. It is a pale shadow of other Curious George books like Curious George goes to the Hospital and Curious George Takes a Job. It's not terrible, but it really doesn't have much going for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Concordia Shadai on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Curious George's First Day of School by H.A Rey is a book that I would recommended for children who are about to start school since it describes school as a place that involves learning activities such as painting. Then these students will look forward to going to school because of the fun learning activities. George also makes many friends in class; this is also something that the young readers could look forward to when going to school.

This book also portrays the teacher Mr.Apple as welcoming since he chooses George to be his special helper not knowing that George is very mischievous and ends up covering the classroom with paint. Then there are no serious consequences for George other than cleaning up the mess and Mr. Apple helps him as well, demonstrating that even though mistakes are made the teacher will always be supportive of the student's learning and help them in any way that they can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Young children love to hear stories about Curious George. As a child I remember having stories about this mischievous little monkey read to me. I have read them to my children and now I'm reading them to my granchildren. My two year old granddaughter always asks me to read her "the monkey book."
As a reading specialist I always recommend to parents that "Curious George" become a part of their preschooler's personal library. This Curious George book can introduce the concept of school and lead to discussion with your little one about school.
Renee F. Mizrahi MSEd
Developmental English professor Kingsborough College
Author of "Secrets to Reading Success: from the Early Years to First Grade"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dmageloff on September 1, 2010
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I bought this book to commemorate my son starting pre-school. I also read it to my preschool class the first day! It is a super easy read, that doesn't have a lot of words so it keeps the kids attention
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Bates on November 5, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have the Kindle edition of this book (It's great to be able to take the Kindle places and read stories to my daughter). Unlike other Curious George books I have on kindle, the print is very small and cannot be enlarged.

The story itself was OK and my daughter enjoyed it.
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By virginia on July 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pleased.
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By PYmom on February 18, 2014
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My son loves this series, but he and I both agree the ORIGINAL C.G. stories written by the Rey's are better.
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