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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395837324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395837320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I actually have a quite different view of the book. While I certainly see the merits of discussing issues and I really don't believe children take away from the book all that an adult would, I have to say that I feel uncomfortable reading this book to my four year old. I consider myself rather progressive. I live in the metro DC area and am mid-30's and have one 4 yo child. I guess since I haven't found the opportunity to discuss these issues with my daughter yet, I haven't felt it is something she can't grow up without (as others have suggested). Here are some of the reasons why:

* 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.
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Format: Paperback
My daughter, age 4, just loves this book. It is a paragraph book, not a one-liner read-aloud, and adults will find it enjoyable to read to children. The basic story is that Spotty has spots while his siblings don't. He gets left behind, runs away (which I usually don't like to see in stories, but I just correct verbally to express the dangers of and move on), and gets taken in by a family of spotted bunnies who have ostracized their plain bunny just the same as he was an outcast in his family! So, of course, eventually all the bunnies get together and learn that the spots and colors don't really matter and that it's more important to be kind and loving... all told in the warm medium of adorable bunnies which any child would love. It's rather hard to find these days, but worth buying!
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In the late 40's a bookmobile came to our rural area so we could check out books and I chose this one over and over. However, every time the book was read to me I cried all the way through. I grew up thinking that the two families had traded bunnies so everyone would be with those like themselves. As young as I was, I was never satisfied with that ending. I was still sad because the spotted bunny had been treated so badly in the first place.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Spotty is a dotted, spotted bunny born to a family of white, pink-eyed rabbits. Although Spotty's mother loves him very much, as do all his brothers and sisters, she's afraid Grandpa will not approve of a bunny with brown spots, so she leaves him at home. Spotty becomes despondent and runs away, only to find a family of spotted rabbits with one all-white bunny.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Growing up in the 50's, Spotty was my favorite book (even though I loved my dad's classic children's book, Little Toot, very much too). I have one dog-eared copy but wanted one(s) for my grandchildren. And I found it here!
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
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