Happy Hanukkah, Curious George [NOOK Book]

Overview

It is the eighth night of Hanukkah, and George and his friends have gathered for a celebration. They light the menorah, spin the dreidel, make latkes, and learn the importance of mitzvah! In this ebook, youngsters will even find a tasty latke recipe and instructions for constructing a dreidel, with rules for play. For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com.

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Happy Hanukkah, Curious George

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Overview

It is the eighth night of Hanukkah, and George and his friends have gathered for a celebration. They light the menorah, spin the dreidel, make latkes, and learn the importance of mitzvah! In this ebook, youngsters will even find a tasty latke recipe and instructions for constructing a dreidel, with rules for play. For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The titular monkey bends his inquisitive gaze upon Hanukkah in this playful board book. Through illustrations based on the iconic work of originators Margaret and H.A. Rey, youngsters can see George and his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat, visiting the man's extended family for the Festival of Lights. George watches the man light the menorah, and he spins the dreidel with the children, eats all his gelt and helps to make latkes. Seven poems convey the rituals and traditions in language that will connect with a young child, but the pictures of George are what will truly engage. One shows the bescarved simian exulting in the falling snow, another reveals him sniffling over the latke onions, and a third depicts his excited acceptance of his Hanukkah gift—a beribboned banana. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
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"Completely charming."
Southern Jewish Life
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
The little monkey Curious George, always on the run, in fact fled the Holocaust in the bicycle basket of his creators, H.A. and Margret Rey. Therefore, it is entirely proper that George, the monkey, celebrate the festival of light and freedom with children. This is a curiously constructed book; a board book with seven two page poems describing the happy holiday celebration. It would have made sense to extend the book for two more pages and have a poem that could be shared on each of the eight night celebration. The book is tabbed, like a loose leaf notebook, so that children can turn to poems describing holiday fun; the lighting of the menorah, playing with a dreidl; making latkes, a typically "naughty George" moment; and the performance of mitzvoth (good deeds) which is a more modern interpretation of spreading the holiday's joy. The rhymes and textual explanations are simple enough for a young child, but wordier than most board books. The section, Yummy, Yummy, in George's Tummy, about making latkes (never defined as pancakes) is composed of couplets that snap and sizzle with onomatopoeic cooking words that will be fun to read. Multi-ethnic children dressed in vaguely mid-century period outfits celebrate with George and the one little boy wears a kipot. However, the adult men are bareheaded as the Man (without) the Yellow Hat lights the candles. No historical context is provided for the holiday. This is strictly a snapshot of a latter-day Hanukkah celebration. This will be a cheery introduction to the holiday for young children and, by the length of its rhymes, extends the age range by a year or two. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—An original selection based on the beloved character created by Margret and H. A. Rey. Curious George is a guest at a Hanukkah party, where he sees children make jelly doughnuts, plays dreidel, and watches the Man in the Yellow Hat light the menorah. He helps make latkes, plays follow the leader, assists with cleanup, and wraps up a treat for a sick friend. The reasons behind most of the activities are not provided, e.g., the lighting of the menorah is described, but the reason behind it isn't given, making this book more suited to children who already know about the holiday. Despite the glittery cover, rhyming text, and charming images of George breaking eggs and washing dishes, this board book with tabs is an additional purchase.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547941868
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 452,279
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • File size: 4 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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