Curious Baby My Curious World (Curious George Cloth Book)

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My Curious World is a super-soft accordion-style cloth book for babies. One word per panel text celebrates the creativity and curiosity of kids and monkeys everywhere!
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My Curious World is a super-soft accordion-style cloth book for babies. One word per panel text celebrates the creativity and curiosity of kids and monkeys everywhere!
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Few books can match the tactile appeal of cloth books, and this super-soft Curious George carry-around is one of the best we have ever seen. This fold-out companion teaches toddlers one word at a time; education at a pace we can all envy.
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Books are tactile experiences as much as a listening experience for babies, and this bright cloth book stimulates baby's senses while also entertaining. Curious George marches through each page, playing and eventually sleeping. The illustrations are bright and lively, accented by stripes on half the pages and dots on the others. The entire book unfolds into one long strip with several activities sprinkled throughout for a baby to enjoy. Brown ribbons run along both top and bottom for baby to grip and feel. One page features a plastic mirror for baby to view him or herself. One page has a crinkly material inside it that makes noise. The text on one side of the book proclaims that "You are a curious baby," while the other side encourages babies to play, make friends, play, and dream. This charming book is recommended for a home setting, as the mirror makes it difficult to wash the book thoroughly. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547215204
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Series: Curious Baby Curious George Series
  • Pages: 10
  • Sales rank: 182,299
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 2.67 (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.

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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