Curious George Makes Pancakes (Curious George Series)

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Every year George and the man with the yellow hat attend the pancake breakfast to benefit the children's hospital. Always curious, George finds his way to the pancake table. After making some of the most interesting pancakes the crowd has ever seen George gets into even more monkey mischief.

The adventures of Curious George continue in an all-new series beginning in fall 1998 with eight new stories. Written and illustrated in the style of Margret and H. A. Rey, the books will ...

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Overview

Every year George and the man with the yellow hat attend the pancake breakfast to benefit the children's hospital. Always curious, George finds his way to the pancake table. After making some of the most interesting pancakes the crowd has ever seen George gets into even more monkey mischief.

The adventures of Curious George continue in an all-new series beginning in fall 1998 with eight new stories. Written and illustrated in the style of Margret and H. A. Rey, the books will appear in paperback (8 x 8") and hardcover editions and will feature the art of Vipah Interactive, the animators of HMI's Curious George CD-ROMs.

Curious George, an inquisitive monkey, causes quite a stir when he tries his "hand" at making pancakes at a fundraiser for the children's hospital.

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PreS-Gr 3-It's time for one of George's favorite events, the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for the children's hospital. When George begins adding blueberries to the pancakes, the line becomes so long that the man making the pancakes has to go for more help. When the man discovers that a monkey is making his pancakes, George leads him on an action filled romp through the event, ending with George raising so much money at the dunk tank that he is given the honor of presenting the money to the president of the hospital. Reader Joe Fox captures all of the precociousness that is Curious George, while adopting a variety of voices to give life to the various characters George encounters. Sounds such as the chirping of birds and the mumbling of crowds create an outdoor ambiance that nicely enhances the story. The background music, driven by saxophone and keyboards, is meant to underscore the activity, but many times almost overwhelms the story. Younger children may have difficulty discerning the page-turn signal from the music. A nice feature before the story begins is the narrator telling readers what page to begin on by describing the illustration on that page. A fine addition to collections for primary graders.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395919088
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 56,024
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    MY SON'S FAVORITE

    My 6 year-old son just loves Curious George and this is his favorite of the series. He doesn't particularly like pancakes but the other day at the store he asked for fresh blueberries so that he could make pancakes like Curious George. All throughout the day he quotes phrases from this book. If your children like Curious George, they'll love Curious George Makes Pancakes.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Meeee

    I lov tis dook!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Sweet

    I love george because if he waych his shows he does not actually talk to you you just watch and he is so sweet

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    My daughter likes it but it is not a very good e-book

    The page flips are not setup properly, so it can be annoying. But my daughter still wants to read it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    great children's book!

    my grandkids love Curious George!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Cutee monkee

    My brother loves it and i think the monkey is super cutee! :o

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    love it

    i love it a lot

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Awesome

    My 6 year old loves this book!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    cool book

    i love the monkey

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    smiles all around!

    He never fails to imppress! -Teenreviews

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    My two year old has requested this book over and over day after day. Even my six year old has not gotten tired of the story.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Anonymous on January 1, 2014

    This is a great book. My 5 year old dister loves it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Curious George is my Hero!

    We need George to remind us of how special we are even with our unique differences. Children of all ages need this message. Equally important and present in all of H. A. Rey's books is the tenet that trying hard, no matter what, prepares us for life as we grow older. Of course, Curious George in this book, once again makes us smile at his antics and we root for him when things go slightly wrong.
    Not recommended for ages under 4 unless your child is precocious with words. If you choose, you can substitute words, like using "helper" for "assistant".
    You will love this funny and endearing addition to your Curious George series collection.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Couldn't find it

    Title says it all, couldn't find the hardcover version in any book store, needed it for my sister baby, got it in only a few days.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    Great George Book

    We love pancakes so this one is very popular in our house.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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