Curious George Takes a Train (Curious George Series)

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Curious George heads to the train station to take a trip with the Man with the Yellow Hat, but when he tries to help out the station master, he gets himself into trouble. George finds himself a hiding place—only to discover that his help is really needed when a little boy’s toy train is about to fall onto the tracks. NEW on inside and back covers: connect-the-dots, fun facts, and telling time activities.

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Overview

Curious George heads to the train station to take a trip with the Man with the Yellow Hat, but when he tries to help out the station master, he gets himself into trouble. George finds himself a hiding place—only to discover that his help is really needed when a little boy’s toy train is about to fall onto the tracks. NEW on inside and back covers: connect-the-dots, fun facts, and telling time activities.

While waiting for the man with the yellow hat to buy train tickets, Curious George causes trouble by mixing up numbers on the schedule, but he makes up for it when a little boy's toy rolls toward the tracks.

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Everyone's favorite, loveable monkey is back in one of his most exciting adventures yet. In this book, Curious George takes a trip to the train station, and although he is trying to help, when he reorganizes the train locations and times, the station erupts in chaos. Once everyone in the busy train station notices this little monkey, it is too late to reverse the damage he has done. The illustrations in this book are just as amusing and detailed as they have been for years. No matter what age the readers are, they will still delight in seeing what mischief George will get himself into next. This story greatly contributes to the classic love that we all have for Curious George and his friend The Man With the Yellow Hat. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Co,
— Sarah Hammond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618065677
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 200,666
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.

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 December 8, 2010

    Poor quality on NOOKcolor

    This eBook seems to be only offered here in the "non scanned in pages" form, when read on the NOOKcolor, sometimes you view the pictures on one page and have to read plain text that is supposed to be about those same pictures, on the completely next page. So view the pictures, then flip to read the text, which seemed cumbersome. In comparison to the same book on Google Books, you can change it to the scanned pages version and it displays better. I wish there was a way to do that on the NOOKcolor!

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    Black and White does not do this book justice

    This was a wonderful story, however I know wish the pictures could be in color. Black and white made it a little more difficult to decipher the pictures and they were quite small.

    The text however was good, there were a couple instances where the text flowed onto the next page where it did not have an accompanying picture. All in all, I don't think my 4 year old really knew the difference. He still wants me to read to him from my new "book reader" as he calls it.

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