Curious George Plants a Tree [NOOK Book]

Overview

George loves to go to the science museum. So, when he finds out that the museum is planning a “Green Day” dedicated to recycling and planting trees, and George is curious and wants to help out! But little monkeys eager to help can sometimes become little monkeys getting into trouble. When George begins to find and recycle things around town that aren’t quite ready for the recycle bin, he gets into a jam. Thankfully, George isn’t the only one who wants to help—the whole community can’t wait to lend a hand—and help...
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Curious George Plants a Tree

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Overview

George loves to go to the science museum. So, when he finds out that the museum is planning a “Green Day” dedicated to recycling and planting trees, and George is curious and wants to help out! But little monkeys eager to help can sometimes become little monkeys getting into trouble. When George begins to find and recycle things around town that aren’t quite ready for the recycle bin, he gets into a jam. Thankfully, George isn’t the only one who wants to help—the whole community can’t wait to lend a hand—and help George and the museum plant some trees!

Did you know...? The new Rey Center at the Margret & H.A. Rey Center in Waterville, New Hampshire will a model for energy conservation, using solar panels and wind generators for its electricity. It will reuse and slow-release stormwater, and treat its “gray water” (from sinks/showers) in a constructed wetland.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Written and illustrated in the style of the Reys, this modern Curious George visits a science museum, learns about the importance of trees and oxygen and then volunteers to take part in a paper drive and tree-planting day at the museum. Curious George is an enthusiastic helper. He makes a big stack of old newspapers and sets off with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. Unfortunately, the friend forgot his gloves and tells George to keep going on his own. "As George walked down the street, he spotted several newspapers lying about on his neighbors' front stoops. George had an idea. He had lots of room in his wagon. He could recycle all those newspapers." The neighbors are understandably miffed that their newspapers are stolen, and George is genuinely confused as to why anyone wouldn't like his help. The gentle tension helps keep this book from being too sweet, even as it preaches recycling and good stewardship. The pictures are almost as good as the original. This read-aloud will fit into younger classrooms for Earth Day, or any time the class is talking about trees. Backmatter includes 20 tips for living green. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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"With the tone of both art and story reminiscent of the original Curious George series, this picture book offers young children an appealing introduction to reusing and recycling."—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547763699
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 598,619
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • File size: 6 MB

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.

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 February 4, 2012

    Earth Day for our little Monkeys!

    A GREAT book for parents/teachers to share with their school age children. Great gift, along with the donation of a Tree for a school yard and book for classroom! My daughter, a first grade teacher loved the book and will share it with her class on Earth Day, followed by a tree planting! Curious George lives in the hearts of all generations. Thank you to Margaret and H.A Rey!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Curious George Goes Green

    Almost every young child loves Curious George books. The preschool, kindergarten, first, and second graders in my music classes are no different. I was excited to find this book during my last trip to Barnes and Noble. I incorporate children's literature in my classes as often as I can. This year's Earth Day provided a perfect day to use my new Curious George book. The kindergarteners even cheered when they saw it on my book podium. We learned several different Earth Day songs then settled in with our book. It lead to good discussions especially with my first and second graders. We listed all of the ways we can help to preserve our earth and "go green". With the kindergarten class, we planted the seed packet, and it is sprouting and growing. This tied in perfectly with the unit the kindergarten teacher was just doing in her science lessons. They love coming in to check on our Curious George plants! All in all, I would highly recommend this book. My students and I enjoyed it, and I have added it to my collection.

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