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5.0 out of 5 stars The original bad boy of children's literature, 14 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Hardcover)
If, like me, you grew up with Curious George these stories will be a trip down memory lane. If not, it's a chance to catch up on something you really missed out on. The stories are timeless.

This book contains the following 7 original Margaret and H. A. Rey stories:
Curious George
Curious George Takes a Job
Curious George Rides a Bike
Curious George Gets a Medal
Curious George Flies a Kite
Curious George Learns the Alphabet
Curious George Goes to the Hospital

These are the original stories and illustrations dating back from 1941 -1966 so I have read some criticisms of some of the illustrations, especially the ones in which the man with the yellow hat smokes a pipe. There have also been calls for a new revised and perfectly politically correct version. George does all sorts of things a child shouldn't, from calling the fire department, to climbing on electric wires, and of course going away with strange man in yellow hat. So I suppose the book isn't for everyone, but I quite like it the way it is, without revisions for complete political correctness,and becoming completely boring as well. If your child is intelligent enough to know that he or she is not really a monkey, I see no problems.

Curious George is the original bad boy of children's literature. Edited by the legendary editor and publisher , Ursula Nordstrom. Unlike most children's literature of the time, Curious George did not attempt to teach children to be good. It revelled in naughtiness Curious George acts very much like a naturally inquisitive child and chaos often ensues. I've read criticism of the fact that things always work out for the best in the end - George does not suffer terribly for making mistakes - but why on earth would we want our children to think a mistake is the end of the world? Like George - children will make mistakes - they will get into trouble at times - but we love them anyway.

And children do love curious George. I delighted as his stories when I was young and took every bit as much delight in sharing them with my own children. they made such a welcome break from stories about well behaved children in spotless attire with painted on smiles. George was everything a child should be - curious exuberant and loving life.

These stories follow George's adventures from being taken to America by the man with the yellow hat, annoying the fire department and ending up in jail, painting a ladies apartment to look like a jungle, complete with animals, delivering papers, helping a circus, going to space and so much more. Through them all George gets into trouble with his curiosity, but does his best to make things right.

While I believe the magic of this book is in the fun, not educational value, Curious George Learns the alphabet is absolutely priceless for learning the alphabet and associating letters with phonetic sounds. This book really should be on every child's bookshelf.
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