The Original Curious George

The Original Curious George

By:  H. A. Rey

On June 14, 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled Paris as the German army invaded the city. Escaping on bicycles, they took only winter coats and four picture books strapped to the racks. Among those books were the watercolors and a rough text for Fifi, later known to the world as Curious George. However, when Curious George was actually published in the United States in 1941, these original watercolors were not used for the printing. Hans Rey was required by his editor to redraw the entire book, creating preseparated art, so that costs would be minimal. The Reys retained the original art and would, on rare occasion, treat carefully chosen friends and collectors to George as he was first envisioned in Paris those many years ago. During their lifetimes they parted with only five pieces of the extraordinary art. For this edition, the original Curious George drawings have been retrieved and reassembled, using modern reproductive techniques.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780395922729

  • ISBN-10: 0395922720

  • Pages: 64

  • Price: $25.00

  • Publication Date: 10/26/1998

  • Carton Quantity: 32

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

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H. A. Rey

H. A. Rey (1898–1977) was born in Hamburg, Germany, near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. He and his wife, Margret (1906–1996), who studied art at the acclaimed Bauhaus school, had many pets—including two marmoset monkeys that joined them on one of their steamship journeys across the Atlantic. Hans and Margret's world-famous curious monkey first appeared in a manuscript strapped to their bicycles as they fled wartime Paris for the safety of the United States. Committed philanthropists in their own lives, a portion of proceeds from each Curious George book sold flows to the Curious George Foundation, which funds programs for children that encourage inquisitiveness in learning and exploring. Curious George has been successfully adapted into a major motion picture and an Emmy-winning television show on PBS.www.curiousgeorge.com.
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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780395922729

  • ISBN-10: 0395922720

  • Pages: 64

  • Price: $25.00

  • Publication Date: 10/26/1998

  • Carton Quantity: 32

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

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