According to old family tales, I requested that my parents read this one to me so many times that they resorted to accidentally on purpose misplacing it for a while just long enough to get a chance to read something else to me D That said, as an adult, I struggle with rating this classic As a kid, I loved all the craziness George gets into and how the man in the yellow hat loves him regardless Now, I find myself cringing at so many things George being stuffed into a bag and taken from his home, George smoking a pipe, George being put in prison for fooling the firemen That said, I m finding that many of my students so far, the K 2 ones love this story There are usually giggles when George thinks he can fly, gasps when George goes to prison, and big grins when George shares his balloons with the other animals at the zoo So, what I now do is this I introduce the concept of copyright date as a book s birthday and where to find it verso , and how to tell how old a book is Then, to put it into perspective, I tell them the story of my parents hiding the book, and we talk about what it was like 70 years ago Did people dress the same Did cars look the same Telephones The kids seem to be fascinated with the idea of a dial phone need to find one and bring it in As we read, we spend some time discussing some of the things in the pictures that might not be familiar to the kids now Other things that we end up discussing Why the words say they row out to the big ship when the row boat looks bigger than the ship they love pointing out that it only LOOKS small cuz it s far away Good chance to introduce a new vocabulary word perspective and appeal to my visual learners Then we talk about whether this story is made up or informational to lead in to reading a non fiction story I ve been paring this with Chimpanzees or Jane Goodall Gotta say, I m having fun all over again with this story D Another book placed on the shelf of childhood How many times did I do things like Curious George that turned out to be in hindsight not the best possible choice When I was a preteen all the boys in my neighborhood did some pretty DUMB things the girls had common sense like sword fights with tree branches, rock throwing fights, throwing kitchen knives at the fence, sling shotshow lucky we all were that no one got hurt badly Just like George we all had to learn that most important of lessons curiosity can make a monkey out of you especially if mom catches you The First Adventure In This Highly Popular Series Tells How The Little Monkey Curious George, Caught In The Jungle And Brought Back To The City By A Man In A Yellow Hat, Can T Help Being Interested In All The New Things Around Him Though Well Meaning, George S Curiosity Always Gets Him Into Trouble Young Readers Can Easily Relate, And Rey S Cheerful Illustrations Celebrate Curious George S Innocence Where it all began with a curious monkey A man travels to Africa to find a monkey for the big city zoo He finds one, trapping George, and begins the journey back From the early stages, it s curiosity that almost killed the monkey when he went overboard on a ship back to home Once in the big city, George discovers that sometimes being curious can be a little too much, especially when the fire department gets a call A great beginning to a beloved series that Neo has come to love Neo did quite enjoy this book, but wondered how the Man with the Yellow Hat knew George s name right off the bat It would seem that he wanted to know how the George name came up, but that was not discussed Either way, he was interested in the story and the illustrations, nothing like the computer generated ones from books nowadays A great start to a sensational series This is a book I loved as a child that I hadn t read in a long time It s an iconic character, and brings up some valuable topics for children There were a number of books in the series, but the first one was on point, and still a favorite to have parents and teachers today. Here s a book I hadn t thought about for several decades, recently brought to my attention by Jack, a three year old friend who met me at his door, book in hand, wanting to be read to Ah Curious George, I said, immediately remembering and wanting very much to be reminded of the times it had been read to me in early childhood.As it happens, the book is dreadful by any adult, twenty first century standards The story is horrific for what it accepts a jungle monkey is tricked by a white man, kidnapped and taken across the sea, destined for a zoo By misadventure he escapes into the foreign city, has dangerous adventures, then is rescued to spend the rest of his days in happy captivity Just about as politically incorrect as one can imagine and, besides, the art is poorStill, Jack, working by his own standards, liked the story, identifying presumably with the curious monkey, with the trouble such curiousity can lead to and with the resolution of all the excitement in the confines of a safe home All of which makes me wonder if many studies have been done of the books children prefer as opposed to the books parents prefer to give to their children My 5 yr old is really loving Curious George books right now And for all the Curious George books out there, they actually have pretty good story lines What I mean is, sometimes when a character has been commercialized, the books change in tone I m guessing these were written before the T.V show I did a little reading on Rey and it turns out they came up with Curious George many years ago, while escaping Nazi s in Paris After their death, Curious George was taken over by the Curious George Foundation, so that s what I mean by character integrity Sometimes when taken over by someone else, especially after they get so commercialized with T.V and products, they change From all of these I ve seen so far, these are still pretty good.I ve been making my son read on his own and , to give me some time to have lessons with the twins, and it s been working wonderfully I don t care so much as what the book is about than the reading level And this one is probably a good level 2 book He enjoyed it a lot, and was able to answer all my questions, so I know he read the whole thing. Listen, George first things first, I love your work I ve listened to all of your books Your antics are delightful, you re cute as a button, and I aspire to get up to as much mischief as you do someday But can we talk about your friend the Man in the Yellow Hat Lest we forget, all of your adventures, delightful as they may be, started when the Man KIDNAPPED YOU FROM YOUR HOME AND TOOK YOU AWAY FROM EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU HAD EVER KNOWN I just find it strange that you guys are buds now I mean, has he ever apologized You two seem to have kind of a weird relationship If you need help, give me some kind of signal My parents are lawyers, they ll make a call or something.Anyway, five stars for you, one star for the Man in the Yellow Hat, we ll settle on 3 XOXO, M Read and reviewed by me and my niece Emma What is it about this monkey that so enthralls readers This introductory story by Rey is not terribly memorable or particularly exciting, yet the kids are drawn to it, I absolutely love it and my niece a first time reader listener was mesmerized For those who forget what happens in this first Curious George book, a poacher the Man With The Big Yellow Hat captures George in the wild, illegally keeps him in his city apartment, smokes a pipe with him, neglects to give him proper care so that George goes bad and ends up in prison, and then gets transported to the zoo, a slightly less dreary internment.As you see, it s a mean streets existence for our little simian friend He s taken from one jungle and forced into another The society he inhabits changes, but his habits within society do not George, you see, is curious Some would call it his one great failing He likes to check things out and that gets him into trouble If it weren t for his curiosity he never would ve been captured in the first place And that right there is why we become entranced by Curious George.But why the fascination in the first place Why did my niece see the cover of this book and decide this one My guess is that, well, who doesn t love a monkey In the past, when Emma has done something silly and flopped about all crazy like kids do, I would occasionally call her a monkey So I think she just was curious to see what her brethren were up to These days she also has a strong interest in chickenbutt and getting people people to answer what to her question Guess what Rest assured, I am doing yoeman s work in the uncle department But I digressOther than that she liked it, Emma didn t have much to say about Curious George when we finished, yet she was riveted the whole way through Heck, I didn t even do funny voices and her eyes were still glued to the pages I have no doubt she ll want to return to the adventures of Curious George in the future and I will be happy to George is my dawg He was my favorite stuffed animal as a child I carried him all the way up a mountain in a tiny backpack as boy no older than 4 year old Emma, because I couldn t bare to leave him behind George and I were inseparable and I wouldn t be surprised if he found a new bestie in my niece. Yikes this has not aged well I m glad there are happier sequels and that the movie and TV shows gave it some much needed updates There s some glimmer of heart in this first one but also a lot of bad bad things.
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 Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein who would be known to most of the world as Margret Rey was also born in Hamburg on May 16, 1906 The two met briefly when Margret was a young girl, before she left Hamburg to study art The
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- Curious George
- H.A. Rey
- 22 March 2017 H.A. Rey