Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H.A. Rey

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Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H. A. Rey features eight classic stories by the creators of Curious George. The book opens with an introduction called “Memories of the Reys” by Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of the popular Harry the Dirty Dog and other books about Harry. Graham was a long-time friend and neighbor of Hans and Margret Rey. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together. The character for whom the author-illustrator team became best known, ...

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Overview

Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H. A. Rey features eight classic stories by the creators of Curious George. The book opens with an introduction called “Memories of the Reys” by Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of the popular Harry the Dirty Dog and other books about Harry. Graham was a long-time friend and neighbor of Hans and Margret Rey. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together. The character for whom the author-illustrator team became best known, Curious George, arrived as one of many monkey children in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, Hans’s first book for children. Encouraged by their publisher and children throughout the world, the Reys continued with more books about Curious George. In the meantime, the Reys published a number of books showcasing their creative talents and their rare, immediate connection with childhood. These books feature characters, all with their own personalities, and a few with resemblances to George. Whether they come to you as new friends or old, they are sure to entertain children’s book lovers everywhere.

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The famous little monkey with a taste for adventure stars in this gorilla-sized collection of classic tales! Bound together in this handsome volume, eight frolicsome stories will tickle your fancy and touch your appetite for children's lit that helped generations locate their funny bones. The tale that started it all, "Curious George," begins this treasure, with George being taken from Africa to a zoo by the man with the big yellow hat (not without some curious trouble in between, however). The fun continues with the Reys' "Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys," "Elizabite: Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant," and "Pretzel," followed up with a plucky kangaroo tale called "Katy No-Pocket," written by Emmy Payne and published in 1944. The final three stories include as much of the Reys' heartfelt, zestful talent as ever, with "Spotty" (about a spotted bunny) introducing another rabbit tale, "Billy's Picture," and "Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World." This collection has much to rejoice over -- particularly for any fan who loves time-honored stories from the Reys, Don Freeman, or Margaret Wise Brown -- and with an introduction from author Margaret Bloy Graham and further endnotes about each of the stories, young fans and older collectors alike will recognize that this author/artist team deserves its rightful place in the canon of children's book legends. Matt Warner
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Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H.A. Rey includes stories about the well-known monkey as well as less familiar characters such as Pretzel, "the longest dachshund in all the world"; Katy No-Pocket, a kangaroo with an unusual problem; and the long-lost star of White-Black the Penguin Sees the World discovered in 1999 and published posthumously. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618226108
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (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 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.

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 7, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    My son loves Curious George and I wasn't sure if he was going to like this book because not all stories were about him. But he really liked it alot. We read all the stories in a week and I know he will want to read this book again soon.

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