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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 70 Rei/Com edition (August 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547391005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547391007
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Sixty years have passed since a curious little chimp in Africa met the man with the big yellow hat and got into the first of many scrapes. Decades later, George is as curious--and naughty--as ever. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Curious George's debut, this special edition is a collection of seven classic adventures by Margret and H.A. Rey, along with an introduction by critic Leonard Marcus, a retrospective note by publisher Anita Silvey, a history of the Reys by Dee Jones, curator of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, and a photo album. The many generations of fans of the "good little monkey who was always very curious" will be fascinated to learn how H.A. and Margret escaped on bicycle from German-occupied Paris, with just their winter coats and several picture books (including a draft of Curious George, then called Fifi) strapped to the racks. Photos and essays reveal H.A. to have been a gentle, humorous man, while Margret, by all accounts, was spirited and brutally direct, with a keen business mind. The chemistry between them worked beautifully. Between them, they created one of the most beloved characters in children's literature. This handsome volume includes Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gathering all of the intrepid monkey's tales under one roof, The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 60th Anniversary Edition by Margret and H.A. Rey begins with an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, continues with publisher Anita Silvey's perspective and follows with the six original tales in their entirety. Photos of the creative couple close the volume.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Our son is only 3 months old, but he loves these books!
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Great book with all the adventures, great for your little one Recommend it for all parents to buy for their children!
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This book is a handsome edition with a good binding and high quality printing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

232 of 253 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What can be added to classic stories like these? The content of this collection is unimpeachable, so I'll pass and skip onto what downgraded the collection.
In short, this is a very shoddily constructed book. My wife and I carefully handled it when reading to our son, but within a couple days the page bundles were separating from the binding in two spots. This has progressed at such a rate that the whole book is threatening to come apart.
This is inexcusable, particularly given the thickness of the book. If you make a collection like this that will be heavily used and will certainly be handled less than gingerly by children, you better make it strong. That ours got wonky while being read from by two responsible adults makes it worse. Shame on Houghton Mifflin for producing such a poorly made book!
We purchased "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" in the hopes of saving a few dollars over purchasing all seven of the included stories separately. In light of the poor quality, though, it has proven itself to be a terrible value. Check out other options rather than purchasing a book sure to self-destruct.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when my three year old was born, and we have been reading it ever since. We can read other books during the day, but at night, only Curious George will do. Since the stories are rather long (50-60 pages, albeit with large text and lots of pics), I now have my son read the stories to me, and he has memorized them all by using the illustrations as cues. We also have discussions about how George must feel in different situations, and what we would do if we were in his place. For both the story lines and the wonderful, colorful illustrations we rate "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" a classic among classcs for children.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "viralisrx" on October 12, 2002
Format: Board book
I added this book to my registry because Curious George is a book I remember loving strongly when I was very young. Curious George is a classic, and I wanted to share that enjoyment with my little one, when she becomes old enough to understand it more.
This set comes in a sturdy box that buttons to close and contains four different Curious George books inside. The books are all board books and each one has the bright and delightful cartoons that I remember inside.
While my baby is still too young to get the gist of the stories, she does enjoy chewing on the book, hehe, and the bright colors keep her attention. This is an awesome gift set, especially for the good price.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
How could anyone write a bad review of these priceless books? Does anyone really believe these stories will lead children to think that it is a good idea to go off with someone who throws a sack over their head? These are absolutely delightful books that generations of children have enjoyed and read to their own children. George is a hero kids can understand. He gets into predicaments because of his curiosity, but he has a conscience, knows when he has messed up, and always makes amends for his behavior--lessons desparately needed these days. People will be reading Curious George to their kids a hundred years from now. The stories are timeless, and it is great to have them collected in one durable edition.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia on March 19, 2005
Format: Board book
This book set is perfect for my two year old. He asks to read it over and over, or just sits and "reads" it himself, pointing to the pictures and naming things, and best of all, kissing the bunnies.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved Curious George as a kid. So of course my daughter had to be introduced to him.

She loved the stories instantly. It could be because of my enthusiasm for the stories.

Her favorites were the first story because of the balloons and the one with learning the alphabet. I had to read them several times. Even a couple times in one sitting.

The one bad thing about this book is the binding. It wore out a little too easily. Her Winnie the Pooh book is much bigger and it is still tight. This book could have been better bound so I will knock it one point.

Other then that it's a classic that will probably get read to my grandchildren someday.

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I happened to be in a bookstore and noticed a different binding on a copy of the book. This is probably why there is there are people saying it's bad and good. My copy is old and the book only yellow. The new book looks like they added a support "tape" to it.....
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Curly Q. Link on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in the 1960's, "Curious George" was "required reading" for American children, at least in the Northeast, and the original stories gathered in this volume still stand as all-time favorites in American children's literature. Our little ones love these stories the most, just like all the reviewers here say. And this is a beautifully presented collection, including the informative background info on the authors, H.A. & Margret Rey, altogether a wonderful book. So why am I giving it 3 stars, a "medium" score? Because as a parent, and from a "buyer beware" point of view, this edition is really quite a Whopper of a volume to handle for the age group of children it is intended for, similar in bulk to an encyclopedia. Our 3-yr.-old struggles with it a bit, but when our 1-yr-old tries to wrest it from the shelf we go running to prevent it from coming down on her foot. I was wondering whether it may have been wiser to go with the original "skinny" volumes with one story in each. Also, very early on with this book a page became detached during normal kids' handling, partly due to its cumbersome weight, or that the binding may not be sturdy enough for a volume of this size. So I'd advise, that if the parents are the ones who would handle the book as they read to their small children, then this really is "The Best of George" in one place. But if your kids like to pick out their own books and read, the thinner editions would be easier for them. For anyone yet unacquainted with these stories, a good place to start would be the special edition of the first story "Curious George" which features H.A. Rey's original watercolor illustrations, which were never published in the original editions due to limitations of the color-separation process.Read more ›
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