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About Margret Rey
Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (who would be known to most of the world as Margret Rey) was born in Hamburg on May 16, 1906. Her future husband, Hans Augusto Rey, was born on September 16, 1898, in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up there near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. The two met briefly when Margret was a young girl, before she left Hamburg to study art. They were reunited in 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans was selling bathtubs as part of a family business and Margret was escaping the political climate in Germany. Margret convinced Hans to leave the family business, and soon they were working together on a variety of projects.
Hans and Margret were married in Brazil on August 16, 1935, and they moved to Paris after falling in love with the city during their European honeymoon. It was there that Hans published his first children's book, after a French publisher saw his newspaper cartoons of a giraffe and asked him to expand upon them. Raffy and the Nine Monkeys (Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys in the British and American editions) was the result, and it marked the debut of a mischievous monkey named Curious George.
After Raffy and the Nine Monkeys was published, the Reys decided that Curious George deserved a book of his own, so they began work on a manuscript that featured the lovable and exceedingly curious little monkey. But the late 1930s and early '40s were a tumultuous time in Europe, and before the new manuscript could be published, the Reys--both German Jews--found themselves in a horrible situation. Hitler and his Nazi party were tearing through Europe, and they were poised to take control of Paris.
Knowing that they must escape before the Nazis took power, Hans cobbled together two bicycles out of spare parts. Early in the morning of June 14, 1940, the Reys set off on their bicycles. They brought very little with them on their predawn flight -- only warm coats, a bit of food, and five manuscripts, one of which was Curious George. The Nazis entered Paris just hours later, but the Reys were already on their way out. They rode their makeshift bicycles for four long days until reaching the French-Spanish border, where they sold them for train fare to Lisbon. From there they made their way to Brazil and on to New York City, beginning a whole new life as children's book authors.
Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, and for sixty years these books have been capturing the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. All the Curious George books, including the seven original stories by Margret and Hans, have sold more than twenty-five million copies. So popular that his original story has never been out of print, George has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in children's literature. His adventures have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Chinese, Danish, and Norwegian.
Although both of the Reys have passed away -- Hans in 1977 and Margret in 1996--George lives on in the Curious George Foundation. Established in 1989, this foundation funds programs for children that share Curious George's irresistible qualities--ingenuity, opportunity, determination, and curiosity in learning and exploring. Much consideration is given to programs that benefit animals, through preservation as well as the prevention of cruelty to animals. The foundation supports community outreach programs that emphasize the importance of family, from counseling to peer support groups.
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George loves to go to the science museum. So, when he finds out that the museum is planning a “Green Day” dedicated to recycling and planting trees, George is curious and wants to help out! But little monkeys eager to help can sometimes become little monkeys getting into trouble. When George begins to find and recycle things around town that aren’t quite ready for the recycle bin, he gets into a jam.
Thankfully, George isn’t the only one who wants to help. The whole community can’t wait to lend a hand—and help George and the museum plant some trees!
Originally published to coincide with the opening of the Margret & H.A. Rey Center in Waterville, New Hampshire, a model for energy conservation offering literary, educational, and other programs, this book also includes kid-friendly tips for helping the environment.
When George and the man with the yellow hat visit the animal shelter, George is delighted to discover a large litter of puppies. At first, George just wants to pet the puppy, but then he wants to hold one. George's curiousity gets the best of him, and soon puppies are everywhere.
George is lucky to arrive at the library just in time for story hour. But it’s not easy for a little monkey to sit still too long . . .
From selecting books to getting his very own library card, George’s day at the library makes reading fun for little ones.
A new toy store is opening and George can’t wait. But once George gets inside, the owner thinks his antics may be bad for business.
It’s not long before George has her jumping through hoops to try to contain his curiosity. Will George’s playful nature really drive customers away, or will everyone’s favorite monkey find a clever way to save the day?
George is going to watch a baseball game, accompanied by the man with the yellow hat. But one curious little monkey in one big stadium makes for one exciting day at the ballpark!
“The only predictable thing about that dynamic monkey, Curious George, is his unpredictability.”—The New York Times
After a long day at the fair George is frustrated. It seems he is always too small! But when George falls asleep and wakes up BIG, he discovers being too large can be difficult, too—and maybe he's the right size after all…
This heartwarming tale stars the monkey beloved by millions—the “adorable but trouble-making primate” known as Curious George (Forbes).
Curious George gets carried away—literally!—when a kite takes him for a ride in this classic illustrated children’s book for beginning readers.
When George uses a string to help get a baby bunny back to its mother, he learns how string can be used for all sorts of things—like fishing or flying kites. But when Bill’s kite flies away with George attached, it will take the man in the yellow hat to get George back on solid ground.
This classic Curious George adventure is told in a simplified text suitable for first-graders to read themselves.
When the man with the yellow hat promises to buy George a holiday surprise during their trip to the city, George decides he wants to give his friend a surprise too. But it isn’t long before the little monkey’s curiosity gets him into trouble and he gets separated from his friend.
Though he has fun seeing the tourist sites and all the sparkling decorations, what he really wants most is to find his best friend again—and enjoy the city together . . .
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When a cuddly koala takes an interest in George's snack at the zoo, George is happy to share. In fact, George is happy to share with ALL the animals! Following a trail of peanuts, the zookeepers soon catch up with George and discover this little monkey is good for more than just mischief.
George is excited to be in the city—it's the day of the big parade! But when the parade is delayed, George is distracted. He is also hungry. When it looks like a snack is just within reach, George has an idea. Soon the ball is rolling through another mischievous adventure.
A new treasury of Curious George adventures! Eight exciting stories about Curious George in a new, jam-packed treasury. Sales of the individual books exceed 1.8 million copies! Enjoy these popular titles:
Curious George and the Firefighters
Curious George at the Aquarium
Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery
Curious George at the Baseball Game
Curious George at the Parade
Curious George’s First Day of School
Curious George and the Pizza Party
Curious George Plants a Tree