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Spotty (Curious George) Paperback – April 28, 1997
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
* When talking to Aunt Eliza, Mother Bunny cries because her son Spotty is brown and not white and looks different than her other children. She is worried about what Grandpa might think. (My thought: who cares?)
* Little Rosie asked Aunt Eliza about her brown bunny brother named Spotty. "Don't you like brown spots, Auntie?" to which Eliza answers, "I certainly don't... go and play now."
* On two occasions, Mother Bunny tells Rosie to "stop asking questions" on a very important issue because it's a bad time for her-- first it's dinnertime, later it's bedtime). (My thought: nice.)
* Aunt Eliza advises Mother Bunny to leave Spotty home because he might upset Grandpa. She admonishes with, "you certainly don't intend to spoil the day for Grandpa and all the family."
* Mother Bunny gives in. The author writes, "So she had to go and tell Spotty that he was to stay home." (Huh? She HAD to...?) Mother Bunny told her little bunny, "It's just because of your brown spots... I'm so afraid that Grandpa may not like you as well as the others. I wish we could take you, Spotty, but we'll bring you something nice from the party." Rosie protests, but Mother says he'll have a "nice quiet day at home.Read more ›
Some years ago, I discovered a website where one could describe a children's book and find out the title. Only when I ordered a copy and re-read it did I find out that the ending was different than I had remembered. But I don't thing actual ending is much better than my incorrect memory.
I still find the concept (a bunny left behind so his physical appearance won't offend a grandparent) very disturbing--regardless of the supposed happy ending.
I have never read the book to my grandchildren.
The book is a celebration of differences, and teaches children the very important lesson that we are who we are, and nothing can change that, nor should we try. This reaches all levels - differences in attitude to the obvious difference in skin color.
"Spotty" reaches so much farther than any of the Rey's "Curious George" works, and I highly recommend it for every parent.
I have spent a life trying to treat everyone the same and not put people into categories by their color, ethnic background, their economic status ... and guess what??? I now realize that I absorbed these values from reading Spotty as a young girl! It tells so gently what it feels like to be a spotted bunny in a family of white bunnies (and ostracized) and how it feels like to be a white bunny in a family of spotted bunnies (also made to feel "different").
Do your kids and grandkids a real life-long favor by reading this enjoyable, heart-warming, positive book to them. It changed my life and could change theirs.
Linda Gramatky Smith
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have very mixed feelings about this book. As I realize that children should be exposed at an early age to adversity and learn that life is not all sunlight and roses, even I as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by trishaa
Another great H.A. Rey book. His illustrations are so innocent and sweet! If you are a collector of H.A. books, you will want this one!Published on April 4, 2014 by Ann McNally
The used book was in very good condition when my granddaughter received it through the mail when I ordered it & sent it directly to her house! Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Leanna C Eichorn
This was my daughter's favorite book as a child. One day we were talking about our favorite childhood books. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Mary Librarian
I was lucky to have parents that started to read books to me a young age. Some of the book’s message stayed with me and I think they helped shape me into whom I am. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Sara
... I didn't read it by myself, or even skim it, before reading it to my 4-year old. It must be good, I thought, it's by the "Curious George" author! Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by A. Palmer
This book makes the intolerance, nonacceptance, and bigotry about those who are different an everyday, normal, acceptable thing and it is not! Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer