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Curious George: Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys Book and CD
     

Curious George: Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys Book and CD

by H. A. Rey, Margret Rey, Louise W. Borden (Afterword)
 

Cecily G. is a lonely giraffe who finds herself befriended by nine monkeys—including everyone’s favorite curious monkey! Together they share many adventures—from skiing to sailing to the heroic saving of Cecily’s house. This first story featuring Curious George showcases the adventure and humor readers love about the Reys’ stories.

Overview


Cecily G. is a lonely giraffe who finds herself befriended by nine monkeys—including everyone’s favorite curious monkey! Together they share many adventures—from skiing to sailing to the heroic saving of Cecily’s house. This first story featuring Curious George showcases the adventure and humor readers love about the Reys’ stories. This edition of the book includes Louise Borden’s engaging afterword that places Cecily G. in historical context vis-a-vis the development of Curious George and the Reys’ personal immigration journey.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"There is originality and a childlike humor in both the amusing antics and engaging pictures." Booklist, ALA
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The package contains a copy of Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, which was the original introduction of the character Curious George. Published first in France as Rafi et les 9 Singes in 1939, a British edition, Raffy and the 9 Monkeys, soon followed. When World War II forced the Jewish Reys from France, they eventually ended in New York City to wow the book world with their little African monkey. By 1942 when the same story was published in America, Rafi/Raffy had become Cecily G. (for Giraffe) and Fifi, the most mischievous, curious of monkeys, had turned (most thankfully!) into George. The charming story of the nine monkeys searching for a new home is followed by an Afterward by Louise Borden explaining the book's—and Margret and H.A. Rey's own—epic new home search. The attached CD, read by George Capaccio, adds a sprightly background tune to the first cut (with page-turning prompts) and the second cut (without prompts), as well as the third cut, a reading of Borden's Afterward. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Originally published in French, Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys was not only Hans and Margret Rey's first book for children; it marked the first appearance of their most enduring creation: Curious George. In this welcome reprint, the diminutive, ever-inquisitive tailless chimp copes with the irrationality of reality.
Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Fans of the beloved little monkey will want to buy this fresh new edition of the original Curious George story. Before he became famous, George lived with his Mother Pamplemoose and his seven siblings in Africa. They were sad because woodcutters had chopped down all the trees so they had no place to live. When they set off to find a new home, they met a friendly giraffe named Cecily G. who was also sad because she had lost her whole family to a zoo. The little monkeys and the giraffe played together and helped make a new home together. The book includes an informative "Afterword" by Louise Borden telling the story of the origin of the book and the history of the Rey's journeys from Germany to Brazil, back to France, and finally their narrow escape from the Nazis and their arrival in the United States. The "Afterword" is sprinkled with period photographs and tidbits from the various George stories, ending with a picture of the cover of Borden's book, The Journey That Saved Curious George (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). While children will love the gentle story of the friendship between the monkeys and the humor in their clever games, the afterword adds a richness to the story and is presented in a child-friendly format. Readers will want to read more of Rey's adventures in the Borden book. Reviewer: Quinby Frank

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547522197
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Series:
Curious George Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Louise Borden is the highly regarded author of many books, including Good Luck, Mrs. K!, Sleds on Boston Common, Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh and The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in WW II, published by Margaret McElderry Books, and The Journey That Saved Curious George, Across the Blue Pacific, and His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, published by HMH. She lives with her husband, Pete, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has three grown children. Her website can be found at www.louiseborden.com.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977
Website:
http://www.curiousgeorge.com

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