Curious George Books

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Published: 08th November 2012
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Hans Augusto Reyersbach and his wife Margret Rey are the authors as well as the illustrators of a series of well renowned children’s books named ‘Curious George’. The first book of this series was published in the United States in 1941 by Houghton Mifflin. This book was published in several languages like German, French, Afrikaans, Japanese, Norwegian, etc. This extremely popular award winning book series evokes a sense of delight and happiness in the minds of young, curious early learners. The colorful, bright pictures, editorial excellence, cutting edge research not only helps to improve the teaching and learning environment but also adds a spark of life-long love for learning in every individual. With the help of Curious George books, learning has become fun and quite exciting for the pre-school and kindergarten students.
During the 1940s, when the German Army invaded the city, Hans along with his wife Margret fled Paris. They carried along with them winter coats and rough manuscripts of Curious George books in their self-made bicycles. In order to keep the publishing cost minimum, the original watercolors were not used. Instead Hans Rey had to redraw the entire book using a different sort of art. Thus the original Curious George drawings have been reassembled and retrieved, using the modern reproductive techniques. At that time the field of children’s literature was dominated mainly by women. Thus in order to distinguish Rey’s books from the other children stories written by female authors, Margret Rey’s name did not appear in the earlier copies of Curious George books. Although later she was credited for writing while H.A Rey was credited for the illustrations.
The wide marvelous collectionof this incorrigible little curious monkey tales has captured the hearts of millions of readers and thus has presently become an icon in America. Previously ‘Fifi’ was the name given to George, when the first book ‘Cecily G and the Nine Monkeys’ were published in 1939 in France. In 1941, Zozo was the name chosen for this monkey in order to avoid the name of the King George VI for a monkey.
Other than George himself, another character which occurs several times in the original adventures is the ‘Man with the Yellow Hat’. Curious George in the big city, Curious George goes to the hospital, The New Adventures of Curious George book, Curious George Pat a Cake, The Treasury of Curious George books, Curious George Stories to share are amongst the several other interesting books of this series. Curious George gets a medal is a very funny story in which the protagonist, George becomes the first monkey in space after several disastrous attempts to get rid of all sorts of trouble. Another lively story named ‘Curious George and the Rocket’ is basically the sequel of the classic ‘Curious George gets a Medal’. It deals with the adventurous experience of George in becoming the first space monkey. The lucid language, entertaining stories, beautiful pictures painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style attracts several young readers.
Recently the character of this children’s book- Curious George is used in several public service advertising campaign to solve the complex problems of literacy. The main intension of these advertisements is to inspire the young children of 3-7 years to increase their frequency of reading and encourage them to become lifelong learners. All the advertisements featuring the iconic monkey along with its best friend and mentor ‘the man in the yellow hat’ aims in encouraging the parents to read aloud the interesting stories of Curious George Books to their children.


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