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Book Title: Curious George Gets a Medal|
ISBN 13: 9780395185599
The author of the book: H.A. Rey
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 11th 1974
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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What a twist! There George was, messing about in the house and then BAM he's off into (view spoiler)[Nope, sorry, you'll just have to read it! (hide spoiler)].
Holy jesus does that monkey get into trouble! And not only in stories, but real life too! One day I was visiting my aunt and her two dogs, a house-guarding German Shepherd with a hell of a bark and a perpetually annoyed poodle. Well, when I wasn't looking George slipped away into the other room and I guess he did something to get on the poodle's nerves, because the heartless beast tore the brim off that poor monkey's hat and then gutted him. My aunt had to do emergency surgery secretively and fast, because if I'd seen that carnage I would've lost my shit. Thanks to her, Curious George survived and went on to have many adventures with me, like the time we climbed a mountain and the only thing in my tiny backpack was George. But that scar stayed with him the rest of his life and to this day I have a righteous prejudice against goddamn poodles!
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Review With My 4-Year-Old Niece Emma
Emma was acting like a crazy little monkey herself and I needed to calm her stat, so I went with the tested and true "story time!" technique, speed-reading through the first couple pages of Curious George Gets a Medal to get her attention. Worked like a charm. Always does.
In this episode of George's life, that curious monkey floods the man with the big yellow hat's apartment with soap suds and water, then scours the countryside looking for a beast of burden to pull a water pump back to the city in order to clean up the mess. He ends up f'ing sh!t up at a museum, and just when it looks like the jig is up, he's rescued by that yellow-hatted poacher. The story climaxes with a zany, unexpected twist.
Personally, I thought this was a heck of a good read. Emma, not so much...
Me: "Did you like this one?"
Me: "Why not?"
Emma: "It was boring."
Me: "What about that part where George fills up the house with bubbles?"
Emma: "Oh yeah. That part was funny!"
Me: "But you didn't like the book?"
Even though my co-reader would disagree, I'm keeping the rating at 5 stars, because frankly I think Emma's talking out of her butt on this one.
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Read information about the authorHans 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. 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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