Curious George at the Aquarium

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Overview

Beluga whales! Sea lions! Sharp-toothed piranhas! Curious George at the Aquarium is a lively story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. The aquarium is the perfect place for a little monkey to get into big trouble. A full-color twenty-four-page paperback with bonus activities and fun facts about sea life from the director of Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium. Splash!
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Overview

Beluga whales! Sea lions! Sharp-toothed piranhas! Curious George at the Aquarium is a lively story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. The aquarium is the perfect place for a little monkey to get into big trouble. A full-color twenty-four-page paperback with bonus activities and fun facts about sea life from the director of Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium. Splash!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618800681
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 289,967
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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.

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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

Read an Excerpt

This is George.

He was a good monkey and always very curious.

Today George and the man with the yellow hat were visiting the aquarium.

"George," said the man, "please wait here while I buy the tickets."

George tried to wait, but he was so excited! What was inside?

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Curious George - Fun For The Whole Family

    No matter what age of the reader, no matter what time of day, a Curious George adventure is one to share aloud or read and reread alone. The illustrations are simple and colorful and the lessons taught are always positive. The story can be read on many different levels. I highly recommend this book for total family enjoyment.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    DON'T LIKE THE FORMAT! !

    It is the "original" pages scanned in but you cant read the original text so they just added and additional copy of the text which means the pictures are not as big as they could be...very disappointed!!

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    Posted July 18, 2011

    Disappointed.

    I was disappointed by this book. I guess I maybe didn't read something somewhere, because it was not a true eBook. It was more like pictures of the pages with a larger font restating the words on the page so you could read them. It didn't fill the screen like most eBooks do. You can barely see what's going on in the pictures on the page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    My son loves this

    5 star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Great for toddlers!

    What can I say? Curious George is a well loved family classic that has been around for years. It is no surprise to me that two year old loves these books and it's iconic main character. I very often see some of my son in the characteristics of that mischievous monkey. We enjoyed seeing what trouble he could get into at the aquarium.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    He is a good little monkey and always very curious.

    This story is about an enjoyable adventure at the aquarium. We learned a good lesson about not putting your fingers in the animal's tanks, thanks to George. And, we spend time jumping and waddling like the penguins too. My son is just turning two and has really enjoyed all of the Curious George books for at least the last 6 months. He likes to act out the stories and pretend to be George, and he always remembers the lessons - like Do Not Touch the crab's tank.

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