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Product Details

  • 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 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 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 numerous languages. And many, many Curious George books have followed.

Customer Reviews

My son loves this book.
sea tog
We watch his shows, we read his books, and there is always a nice lesson to discuss while having fun.
Sandy K. Pann
I also read it to my preschool class the first day!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 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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My son, age three, has been obsessed with Curious George for about a year now. We have most of the book titles in print now. I purchased Curious George's First Day of School for my son a few months before he began preschool to help prepare him for the experience. While this book is more about George visiting an elementary or primary school classroom, it did help start the conversation with my son about going to school. Of course, in this tale George finds a way to cause more unintentional trouble, with a happy ending. The story is simple and appeals to my little preschooler. A must for every Curious George fan! A side note: this story is written and illustrated in the more classic George style, not the PBS television show.
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Easy to enjoy. Good for kids of all ages. Perfect classic for young kids and an iPad Cannot go wrong with George.
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By hkg1006 on May 25, 2013
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I downloaded this kindle e-book for my son. He just loves Curious George. He is almost 9 and still enjoys looking at these books.
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By Leanne Keyes on January 2, 2013
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My six year old is a huge George fan! He loved this book and gave it five stars all the way!
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