Reading Fun with Curious George Boxed Set (CGTV reader boxed set)

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Six Curious George early reader favorites in one irresistible boxed set—a great value at $9.99!

Learn to read with Curious George! This boxed set features six lively Curious George readers—The Dog Show, The Kite, Roller Coaster, Curious George Plays Mini Golf, The Boat Show, and Piñata Party—plus a sheet of colorful stickers, a poster, and a reading certificate. This set is the perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful joys of reading and...

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Six Curious George early reader favorites in one irresistible boxed set—a great value at $9.99!

Learn to read with Curious George! This boxed set features six lively Curious George readers—The Dog Show, The Kite, Roller Coaster, Curious George Plays Mini Golf, The Boat Show, and Piñata Party—plus a sheet of colorful stickers, a poster, and a reading certificate. This set is the perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful joys of reading and to encourage continued progress!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Each of these 24page books features Curious George learning specific concepts. When he tries to convert a model sailboat into a ferry by adding toy cars, he discovers principles of floating and sinking. He is disappointed in the dog show because the dogs just stand around. He invites them all to come home with him where he divides them into categories in different rooms. In this way he ascertains that the three groups of three dogs each is equal to nine dogs. He tries to manage a kite that is too large for him and ascends into the air as he learns about wind and flight. George wants to break the pinata at a birthday party, but finds out he must wear a blindfold. He wanders through town and into a fire station as he notices ways in which his senses, other than sight, help him figure out where he is. He mistakenly thinks he has won at miniature golf when he has the highest score. As he plays his second game, he discovers simple design principles. George needs to be five candy sticks tall to ride the roller coaster; he is only four sticks tall. He wanders around the park eating his candy stick and remeasuring. Of course, the candy gets shorter and he thinks he has grown tall enough. Fortunately, the roller coaster operator brings out a different chart to measure the height of monkeys and he gets his ride. The books are based on the Curious George character created by H.A. and Margret Rey and the PBS Kids television series. The illustrations are more cartoonlike than those of the original books and the tone is more didactic. All of the books contain two pages of related learning activities in back. Many encourage the child to write answers directly in the book. The box includes a chart for listing books read, a blank Certificate of Achievement with spaces for placing stickers as books are completed, and a page of stickers containing more than are needed on the certificate. The collection is better suited for use by one child in the home than for general reading in school or public libraries. "Curious George: Green Light Reader Getting Ready to Read Level 1" includes the following: Curious George: The Boat Show adapted by Kate O'Sullivan, ISBN: 9780547601107; Curious George: The Dog Show, adapted by Monica Perez, ISBN: 978547691152; Curious George: The Kite, adapted by Monica Perez, ISBN: 978547691189; Curious George: Pinata Party, adapted by Marcy Goldberg Sacks and Priya Giri Desai, ISBN: 9780547691039; Curious George Plays Mimi Golf, adapted by Marcy Goldberg Sacks, ISBN: 9780547691213; Curious George: Roller Coaster, adapted by Monica Perez, ISBN: 9780547691206. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547577227
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 1 Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 201,151
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.02 (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 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 numerous languages. And many, many Curious George books have followed.


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 16, 2015

    We have the storybook with all the stories rather than the boxed

    We have the storybook with all the stories rather than the boxed set. Our daughter just turned five and has had this book a year or two now. Our son who isn't even 2 yet enjoys the Curious George stories already. Educational, but the series always has us laughing and giggling. Great for when we go out and could use reading material as it  has several stories in one book.

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    Curious George

    I am son loves the tv show now has cool books based on the TV. This is a cool box set and great for kids learning to read b

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