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Happy Easter, Curious George is a winning holiday story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. One fine Easter morning, George and the man with the yellow hat head to the park. George can’t help but join in the fun when he sees children dyeing Easter eggs . . . but what’s that man doing with their prized creations? Each hardcover gift book comes with glittery egg-decorating stickers!

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Overview

Happy Easter, Curious George is a winning holiday story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. One fine Easter morning, George and the man with the yellow hat head to the park. George can’t help but join in the fun when he sees children dyeing Easter eggs . . . but what’s that man doing with their prized creations? Each hardcover gift book comes with glittery egg-decorating stickers!

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George and the man with the yellow hat go to the park for Easter festivities. As always, George's charm and curiosity liven things up: he experiments with mixing colors while dyeing eggs and even juggles them. Though he's initially confused about hiding eggs, when the “Easter Bunny” (a little, white rabbit) escapes, George saves the day. Fans will appreciate that Young's artwork hews to Rey's original illustrations; a page of sparkling stickers adds an interactive element. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
George and the man with the yellow hat drive to the park. It is Easter and children are flying kites, decorating eggs, and rolling eggs in races. George feeds a white bunny a carrot. When George goes to dye eggs, the bunny runs away. George mixes colors to make new ones and even juggles the dyed eggs. When he sees a man hiding eggs, George thinks the man is losing them and collects all the eggs. When he sees a white egg, it turns out to be the bunny's tail. The man in the yellow hat has George re-hide the eggs so the children can find them. "It was the best egg hunt ever!" The pictures show George hiding eggs in a bird nest, in a boy's pocket, and a squirrel hole. At the back are sparkly egg-decorating stickers. The pictures are in the style of H.A. Rey, the original creator of Curious George. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547048253
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,359,769
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (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 April 1, 2012

    Happy Easter Curious George

    Love that book.

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    Posted April 9, 2010

    Great gift for children

    This is a wonderful book for children. I am and Nanny and friend who takes care of two children, 6 years old an 5 years old. Their mom wants them to read to me daily. Each picks a book and reads before/after dinner. I bought this for Jack and Matthew towards an Easter gift. Curious George is a delightful character and the children enjoyed the book very much. Jack picked the book a few days ago to read again. It is very colorful and shows what children do at Easter time.

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