Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery (Read-aloud) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Curious George loves dinosaurs, so he’s excited to visit a dig to look for real dinosaur bones. Will the curious little monkey help make a big discovery?  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547768595
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/24/2006
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 882,064
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

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.

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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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Terrible formatting on Nook

    Unreadable on the Nook.

    The adaptation for the nook is a mix of copy and scanned images. The pictures are often poorly formatted and the interlaced text was hastily done. This book flows so poorly that it is hard to read. A total waste of $3.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Good to see Curious George on the Nook

    The old H.A. and Margret Rey Curious George books are the best. Great to see some offered on the Nook. We need more Children's classics converted to Nook form.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Great Book for 2 - 5 year olds!

    This is a great book for little boys to learn a little bit about dinosaurs. My children love Curious George and this book certainly keeps their interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Good Deal

    This is 24 pages long. My four year old loves it. Would be better if it read to him, it is only a read myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Ridiculous

    Purchased this via nook kids app...only to, once again, have trouble with the nook app...it put it into my regular adult nook and will not open, saying it is not supported on nook. What?! I have constantly been having so much annoyance with the nook apps as it is, again I am left disappointed and now will have to deal with customer service from the other side of the world who just read prepared statements rather than actually try and figure out the problem. I better get a refund!!

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    great book

    I dont know what other reviewers ate talking about. The book is 24 pages long and great for my 2yr old whole loves George.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    no rti

    not recommended...4 pages only so you're basically paying $1 / page ... totally not worth it. I would have rather borrowed it from the library for 1 hour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    beware if for younger children

    This is not a read along book. It's a read to myself only book.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Won't download to PC and no warning given

    I bought this for my grandchildren and the purchase and download went through find. It was only until I tried to open it that I discovered that it was not set up for PCs yet. I am trying to get a refund. Very disappointed!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Another Great Curious George

    My 4 yr old daughter really likes Curious George and dinosaurs, so this was a match made in heaven. The story is long enough to engage her, but not so long as to loose her attention. The Curious George books are always a fun read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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