Curious George: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Book and CD Gift Set [NOOK Book]

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“This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious.” With these words, H. A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George in 1941, and the world has loved him ever since. The tales of this cheerful and resilient little hero have kept generations of readers enthralled and entertained. Now, in recognition of the sixtieth anniversary of his debut, Houghton Mifflin proudly presents a special edition of George’s best-loved adventures.

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Curious George: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Book and CD Gift Set

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Overview

“This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious.” With these words, H. A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George in 1941, and the world has loved him ever since. The tales of this cheerful and resilient little hero have kept generations of readers enthralled and entertained. Now, in recognition of the sixtieth anniversary of his debut, Houghton Mifflin proudly presents a special edition of George’s best-loved adventures.

With an introduction by critic Leonard Marcus, a retrospective note by publisher Anita Silvey, and a cataloged history of the Reys by curator Dee Jones, this collection offers a fun and fascinating portrait of a classic character and his unique creators.
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Curious about Curious George? Get the full scoop with The Curious George Complete Adventures Deluxe Book and CD Set, which contains five CDs and the collector's edition anthology of the books by Margret and H.A. Rey. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547346366
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 70
  • Sales rank: 529,275
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 58 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

H. A. and Margret Rey
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.

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.

Good To Know

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 May 23, 2011

    Don't Waste Your Money - Minimal Adaptation to E-book Format

    The quality of this item is substandard. The publishers have used low quality scans with odd text insertions. Much of the text is unreadable. The book pages don 't turn easily. Do not spend a dime on this. You will not be pleased if you purchase this item. I am attempting to get a refund.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Awesome

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    It's fabulous!

    I bought this as a gift because my son (and I) loved it! Although it's a little heavy for little hands to hold, we love the variety of stories in this collection. The book includes everything from "best-loved" stories to a wonderful interpretation of the alphabet. Because of the number of stories, my son enjoyed the magical freedom of "choosing" (which children don't often get in their day) his bedtime story. The artwork and stories will keep both children and parents wanting "just one more"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Lovely book, horrible format

    First off I want to say I love this book. All that aside the
    formatting sucks. They just scanned the pages into their
    program and then added the words. You have to forward
    through several illustrations before you get to printed words
    and then the words don't match the pictures or you can
    read the words on the scanned pages and skip the text.
    Also freezes simple touch everytime I try to open book and
    takes like 5 minutes to open.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Recommended for reading what's wrong with pictures ?

    Curious George stories are really nice. My kids love them but when watching the pictures they keep on asking: Who draw a dark line through all the people ? Was the illustrator mad at something ?
    So, check it out. Every drawing has a dark line over it.
    But buy the books for the stories and reading. The drawings after all are just a support to the stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Love it!!!

    Love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Curious George remains ageless no matter what the age

    After all these years, Curious George is still my all time favorite. I'm enjoying pass him down to the next generations and would encourage everyone else to do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Luv curious george

    I love curious george books when I was younger and I still do! One thing that I always wonderd was what is the man with the yellow hats name? Im sure that they mentioned his name at least once! Curious george is awesome.

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    Posted January 18, 2013

    :-)

    ;-)

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