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Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon

Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon

3.5 12
by H. A. Rey

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Curious George series.


Curious George series.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-These two books take a familiar, favorite character and create an imitation of his curiosity, but without the Reys' usual spark and attention to detail. In Hot Air Balloon, George is playing with an anchor rope and the balloon takes off with him aboard. It blows quite close to the nose of George Washington at Mt. Rushmore where the monkey unwittingly rescues a worker and becomes a hero. He is rewarded with a helicopter ride around the monument. When Curious George Goes to a Movie, the man with the yellow hat leaves to get popcorn and George goes up to the projection booth where he startles the projectionist, who knocks the reels off the projector. While he untangles the film, George does shadow figures to amuse the audience and again becomes a hero. Both books read like anemic summaries of the original Curious George adventures, but with the lessons eliminated. It is disconcerting that this George never receives so much as a mention of the follies of his curiosity, but is immediately rewarded for a chance good deed, which happens as part of the cover-up for his naughtiness. Both the blandness and the mixed messages make these titles bad advertising for the real Curious George.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Curious George Series
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Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

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Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Downloaded this to my nook color and was very disappointed. The pictures are small with very small print below them, which you can not zoom in on and can not read as is. At the bottom of most pages, the micro print has been repeated in a font size that can be read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my cousin. Shes three years old. There were way to many words per page. She lost interest halfway through. I like other curious george books but not this one. sorry:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book as I do all Curious George books however, l am disappointed as this is not a nook book. It's scanned in from the print format and is very blurry and hard to read.
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Sixhands More than 1 year ago
My grandson is slowly accumulating all the Curious George books. What a nice collection.
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