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Title:
Curious George and friends : favorite stories
Author:
Rey, Margret.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2003]

[©2003]
Physical Description:
272 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"Eight complete and unabridged classic stories by the creators of Curious George."
General Note:
"With an introduction by Margaret Bloy Graham."
Language:
English
Contents:
Curious George -- Cecily G. and the 9 monkeys -- Elizabite -- Pretzel -- Katy no-pocket -- Spotty -- Billy's picture -- Whiteblack the penguin sees the world.
ISBN:
9780618226108
Format :
Book

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Summary

Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H. A. Rey features eight classic stories by the creators of Curious George. The book opens with an introduction called "Memories of the Reys" by Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of the popular Harry the Dirty Dog and other books about Harry. Graham was a long-time friend and neighbor of Hans and Margret Rey. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together. The character for whom the author-illustrator team became best known, Curious George, arrived as one of many monkey children in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, Hans's first book for children. Encouraged by their publisher and children throughout the world, the Reys continued with more books about Curious George. In the meantime, the Reys published a number of books showcasing their creative talents and their rare, immediate connection with childhood. These books feature characters, all with their own personalities, and a few withresemblances to George. Whether they come to you as new friends or old, they are sure to entertain children's book lovers everywhere.


Author Notes

Hans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898 in Hamburg, Germany. He escaped to Paris with his wife after the Nazi's invaded. While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Rafi and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George.

The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941. Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all. Their title Happy Halloween made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. At first, Margret's name was left off the cover because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories.

H. A. Rey died in 1977 and in 1989 Margaret Rey established the Curious George Foundation to help creative children and prevent cruelty to animals.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H.A. Rey includes stories about the well-known monkey as well as less familiar characters such as Pretzel, "the longest dachshund in all the world"; Katy No-Pocket, a kangaroo with an unusual problem; and the long-lost star of White-Black the Penguin Sees the World discovered in 1999 and published posthumously. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved