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Curious George Visits the Zoo Paperback – October 28, 1985

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; unknown edition (October 28, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395390303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395390306
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series by Margaret Rey is a wonderful introduction for preschoolers to stories with a simple plot line. In Curious George Visits the Zoo, George gets into mischief (which children can always relate to....) but redeems himself in the end by saving a young boy's balloon. In Curious George Visits the Fire Station, George is naughty when he rings the fire alarm, but again shows his better side when he rescues one of the firehouse puppies by climbing UP the firepole. In Curious George and the Pizza, he makes a mess trying his hand at tossing pizza dough into the air, but saves the day when he alone can make a crucial pizza delivery by climbing over a locked gate. Young children enjoy comparing the plots in this series. George is told not to get into trouble, he gets into trouble, then he exonerates himself. Parents, grandparents, teachers and child-care providers will all enjoy this series along with their youngsters!
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My son loves all things Curious George (he's 20 months) and we'd just bought him a zoo pass so we got him this book to explain a bit about the zoo and show him some of the animals so that he'd recognize them when he went. However, there are only 3 animals pictured and named in this book (there's a reference to the man with the yellow hat wanting to see when the lions are fed, but no lions). The 3 animals are elephants, giraffes and monkeys (and obviously we already know monkeys because we're reading this book! Main point of story is that George is hungry so he steals the bucket of bananas that are intended for the monkeys, then hides from the zookeeper by the monkey cage. A monkey steals a little boy's balloon, the boy cries, George climbs up on the cage and trades the bananas for the balloon.
There are MUCH better Curious George books out there. Try Curious George Learns to Count from 1 to 100 or Curious George and the Dump Truck (8x8 with stickers Curious George Green Light Reader - Level 1 (Quality)).
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We love Curious George! This one is ok, it's just not a favorite. The illustrations just don't seem to translate well to the kindle platform. They're a little lifeless and lack luster. I really prefer the lap size board books. My one year old does, too. We use an iPad for kindle books and the format for this book was just so small. It really didn't keep her attention.
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Adapted from the stills of the Curious George film series, Curious George Visits the Zoo would be a decent addition to the CG books--except that it shows a man lounging on a blanket in the park with his wife and young child...while smoking a cigarette!

This past weekend we visited a bookstore and my son wanted not one, but SEVEN Curious George books to add to his collection (he already had several at home). Curious George Visits the Zoo was one of the books we bought.

Because my son wanted 7 books--and because they were Curious George--I didn't feel a need to screen them. Imagine my surprise when I read the book at home and saw a man smoking on one of the pages!

Fortunately, the man holds the smoking cigarette in front of his body (while smoke curls towards the sky)--and his shirt is gray with dark stripes. I took a pencil and shaded out the cigarette and it blended OK. Because the stills of the animated series are sort of fuzzy anyway, I did a decent job of disguising it.

Still, images like this do NOT belong in a children's book!

Other than that, the story is fine--typical mayhem as George steals the zookeeper's bucket of bananas which causes a little boy to lose his red balloon (he ends up crying!)--sending his Mom into a panic. George saves the day, as usual, but really--he's just remedying a mess he caused in the first place!

This book is geared towards ages 4-8, but has less text than books like Curious George and the Puppies. If you don't mind books featuring smoking adults (!)--or are willing to shade out the image with a pencil--then it's a decent Curious George book. But why bother, when there are better books in the series that DON'T require such touch ups?
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This is just such a sweet, classic storybook that is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. You can't go wrong with Curious George. The illustrations are classic and the writing is great.
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My 3 year old loves Curious George and animals so this was a perfect book! He likes us to read it to him over and over. Also think it will help to prepare him for his first visit to the zoo!
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I chose this book because my son Loves it! Now, he just doesn't here me read, he hears a narrator. I also bought the book to go pg by page!! Will buy more!!
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I loved this book as a child and bought the kindle edition for my son ince he is fascinated with my ipad. The graphics do not fill the page and the pages repeat a second time (1, 1, 2, 2, etc.). The graphic has the text as well, like the print edition, but sadly has a repeat of the text below again, which is not needed. The text below does not match the text on the page.

This was incredibly disappointing. The kindle format for children's books should be just as good as a full sized print edition. It will be quite some time before I purchase a children's picture book for kindle again.
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