The Complete Adventures of Curious George

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Curious George, the monkey with the talent for trouble, has delighted millions of readers for more than fifty years. Now fans can have all seven of the original Curious George titles in one complete volume. Stories included in this collector's edition are 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.

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Overview


Curious George, the monkey with the talent for trouble, has delighted millions of readers for more than fifty years. Now fans can have all seven of the original Curious George titles in one complete volume. Stories included in this collector's edition are 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.

The adventures of the ingenious little monkey who left the jungle to live with the man in the yellow hat.

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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. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Curious George has enchanted and amused generations of readers since 1941, when the husband and wife team of H. A. and Margret Rey introduced this charming monkey to the world of children's literature. This marvelous anthology celebrates sixty years of the adventures of the cheerful and mischievous Curious George. Adults will appreciate the generous introduction by critic Leonard Marcus, and the publisher's perspective by Anita Silvey offers interesting and little-known facts about how the stories came into print. At the end, there is a satisfying retrospective essay about the Reys as well as a photographic album of the authors. The heart of the book lies between these articles and essays—the tales of Curious George. In order—"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." This tribute to one of literature's most beloved animals is sure to satisfy readers of all ages. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $30.00. Ages 3 up. Reviewer: Catherine Campbell Wright
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395754108
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

H. A. and Margret Rey

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 studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then 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 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.

Biography

In their nearly 40-year-long professional collaboration, the husband-and-wife team of Margret and H. A. Rey created one of the most memorable figures in 20th-century children’s literature: Curious George, the little monkey with an insatiable appetite for adventure.

The Reys, like George, had tremendous zest for travel and new experience. Both were born in Germany, H. A. (Hans Augusto) in 1898, and Margret (Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein) in 1906. Although the two became acquainted in their homeland, they fell in love after each moved to Rio de Janeiro, where they married in 1935. Their honeymoon led them to Paris, where Hans published his first book for children, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, introducing Curious George as a peripheral character.

In 1940 the Reys, both of whom were Jewish, fled Paris as the Nazis mounted their invasion of the city, making their way by bicycle to Spain, by train to Lisbon, then to Brazil, New York City, and finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they made their home. The few belongings they carried with them from Europe included the manuscript of Curious George, which Houghton Mifflin published in 1941. Together they created six more classic Curious George adventures: Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Curious George Rides a Bike, and Curious George Takes a Job.

Like Babar, Bambi, Pippi Longstocking, and countless other children’s book characters, George is, for all purposes, an orphan, one who was separated from his family. (He was kidnapped, in fact, by The Man with the Yellow Hat, who has gained his own degree of fame through the series.) Admonished to stay home and be good, George invariably lets his curiosity get the better of him and winds up in some kind of trouble every time: in jail, on a runaway cow, kidnapped by circus promoters, or in the hospital. In a possible nod to the Reys’s own hair-raising escape from the Nazis, every story involves an antic chase scene. And every story ends in a happy reunion with the man with the yellow hat, who is George’s trainer, keeper, teacher, disciplinarian, and parental figure.

According to their publisher, the Reys were not just a writer/designer team. Although Hans was primarily focused on ideas and illustrations, and Margret on writing, their work often overlapped. The result was pure magic. The Curious George books transcend time and space, driven by a sincere understanding of the forces that propel children: curiosity, resourcefulness, and love of home.

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H. A. Rey also independently produced a series of astronomy books (including Find the Constellations), and Margret wrote Pretzel, about a dachshund, and Spotty, about a rabbit, with H. A. Rey’s illustrations. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts until their deaths, H. A. Rey’s in 1977 and Margret Rey’s in 1996.

Margret's name does not appear on some of the earlier Curious George collaborations because, she said, "When we first came to America our publisher suggested we use my husband's name because the children's book field was so dominated by women. They thought it would sell better. After a time I thought 'why the devil did I do that?' So since then my name has appeared also."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Hans Augusto Rey and Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (full names)
    1. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    My son loves it

    My son is in First Grade and loves reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    An old, old fan

    I read these stories to my kids as my mom read them to me when I was growing up, and they love them as well as all of Curious George's antics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Who Doesn't Love This Little Fellow?

    As a single mom, I treasure the time I get to spend with my son. He is seven years old and loves to read with me. I remember reading Curious George when I was little. I bought him this book along with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I also got a hilarious book of poetry my son just loves called Nose Pickin' (and 50 Other Ways to Tickle Your Brain!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    This is an excellent book

    My kids love this- the stories are classic and are printed in their entirety. This is great for taking on a trip because each story is long and interesting to kids. My own never seem to tire of it, not the 4 year old nor the 9 year old. It's also a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    Loved It

    I Loved Curious George ever sice i was little and this book made it a lot better and brought back good memories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    Very enjoyable!

    Great book, my children loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Cool

    It Was Wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    Curious George, A Classic Favorite!

    Who doesn't love Curious George? All around the world, people love the stories of this little monkey and his friend in the yellow hat. He is one of my favorite characters in children's lit, and this compilation of his original adventures is a must-have for any parent or kid or human on the planet.

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