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"Curious George certainly deserves a spot on the shelf, and these engaging stories will provide a good exercise in imagination and creativity. A solid choice, especially with an all-new animated adventure based on the classic tales debuting as a feature film ..."

Title reviewed -- Horn Book 4/1/2005 "Horn Book 4/1/2005" --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; New title edition (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618494960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618494965
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is good, and my granddarlings enjoy it. But my advice is to get the book rather than the Kindle version. The Kindle formatting is less than wonderful. In some cases the text shows up in the font and size you've chosen; in other places it shows up in such teeny-tiny type that even the kids can't read it, let alone an old woman like me. Zooming in doesn't help the type at all; it will make some illustrations big enough to see detail in, but not all of them.

I like having kids' books on my Kindle; it has helped out in a number of little emergencies when the kids could no longer cope with waiting for whatever it was we were waiting for -- a table in the restaurant, a minor car repair, an appointment of some sort, the errand their mother was running. Unless you're familiar with the book, though, and can fill in from memory all the places you can't read in the Kindle text, this one is just going to frustrate you and the kids.

UPDATE: This books shows up very well in the Kindle Cloud Reader on my iPad. The illustrations are easy to see and the text is all readable.
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My 3 year old loves both Curious George and Fire trucks, so this book was sure to be a hit with him. It's not exactly "classic-quality" reading, but still, it was a nice little story. It was neither overly wordy or simplistic--just the right level for him and not too boring for me to handle repeated readings. It has the classic George illustrations, rather than the tv version. Though my son is a fan of the show, he was just as happy with the classic illustrations (which I prefer). Great for bedtime or snuggletime!
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I think we'll have to buy some more copies of this story, my son makes us read it at least 4 - 5 times a week to him. He loves firefighters (and George of course) so this is a perfect fit.

I've noticed some of the newer stories "inspired" by Margaret and H.A. Rey -- this is one of their originals / classics. Timeless and precious are words that come to mind when thinking about the actual story.

So many opportunities to learn / teach within the classic George stories -- I think because some of the pictures, things, stuff in the story are vintage and unfamiliar it encourages the child to inquire more.

We're huge fans -- and if you watch the specials, sometimes they have 4 for price of 3 on [...]

Of course, you should try to support your local bookstore whenever you can!
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My son loves the TV show Curious George, as well as the books, but this is by far his favorite, on account of his absolute obsession with fire trucks. There are many different pictures of fire trucks, unlike some other books where a fire truck might appear only on a single page--and there are also illustrations of part of the fire house (like the classic pole) and the uniform.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for little ones who enjoy fire trucks, whether they currently are a Curious George fan or not.
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Curious George is at it again. The silly little monkey is exploring in this cute, little story just as he always does. The man with the yellow hat leaves him alone for a matter of seconds while visiting a fire station. The pole is a fun ride for a monkey, yet leads to an awry adventure that no one other than Curious George could take. He mix-matches all the pieces of firemen uniforms. Just when the day was turning into a disaster for many people, Curious George saves the day for even more people. I won't say how or give anymore details. I don't want to ruin this terrific little tale for you. My son is four, almost five, and this is one of his favorite Curious George books. We have dozens of Curious George books in our home, but I would have to agree with my son that this is one of the most touching of the collection. It's a feel good book that is available to you for a feel-good price right here on Amazon. I paid merely pennies for our used copy through a seller on Amazon. The book arrived in excellent condition, with hardly any wear and tear. There have literally been days that we have read this book over, and over, and over again.
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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
We love Curious George! This was a cute, well-written story about George visiting the fire department and getting into his usual curious adventures. My 4 year old son particularly loves this story and loves us to read it all the time. And it (mostly) holds the attention of our younger kids, too.

Of note, I purchased the "lap edition" which I didn't know was so much bigger than a regular board book. While at first I thought that might be a little much, I have actually grown to love the size because the pictures are so much bigger. It's much easier now for all the kids to see the story when we read at night.
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My 2.5yr old son loves this book! Before this book, we have 2 other curious george book (Aquarium and dinosaur) and he seems to enjoy it so that why I purchase the firefighter book. He enjoys it very much and always want me to read it. I've also purchased "Visits the Dentist" book, but he pull the book away and gave me this book.
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Nice short story in typical Curious George fashion about him learning about FireFighters
My 4 yr old loved this book
Cute illustrations and brief explanation about what the FF do.
More about how George is curious and ends up helping keeping kids distracted and not worried about the fire.
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