- Age Range: 4 - 7 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: 8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 560 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – August 28, 2010
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Top customer reviews
I found the quality of this volume to be consistent with other mass-produced hard-bound books which are not deluxe, collector's, or limited edition copies. This allows the book to be priced reasonably and within the budgets of more individuals. I applaud the publishers for realizing that more expensive editions might have limited the number of families able to acquire The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition.
I would not recommend giving this book to a child who will not be having a parent read to them. The volume is large and heavy enough to be unwieldy for small children. It is, however, a wonderful book to give to a family who values reading aloud to their children, to grandparents who want to limit shelf space for their grandchildren's books, or to yourself as a treat. It is a classic and a five-star work!
I was able to purchase this from an Amazon seller, so if it is unavailable when you want one, be sure to look at those offerings. My book arrived in perfect condition and was a real bargain.
I was impressed at the quality of this edition. It is hardbound with two bonus CDs. CD 1 contains: Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, and, Curious George Gets a Medal. All four have different narrators. CD 2 features: Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. This CD too has three different narrators performing the stories.
The paper quality is very good with glossy looking color illustrations from the original books. There is an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, a publisher's perspective, and a retrospective essay for adult readers/ fans to appreciate. The stories contained in this edition are all of the original stories:
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
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
The bonus for me was the photographic album of Margret and H.A. Rey at the end of the book which provides a brief yet compelling visual history of the authors-illustrators. A great edition for collectors and fans of the precocious monkey!
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Compatible through the kindle app for iPhone. Very disappointing and a waste of money.