Curious George at the Aquarium

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Sea creature facts add to the fun in this adventure.

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Educational Value

Curious George at the Aquarium teaches preschoolers to identify ocean creatures such as beluga whales and sea lions. They'll also get a general impression of what there is inside a public aquarium, and at the back of the book there's a page of fascinating "Fun Facts" about sea creatures.

Positive Messages

It's fun to visit the aquarium, where you can see and learn about sea creatures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

George shows caring for the penguin chick, but he sets a poor example by entering the aquarium exhibit.

Violence & Scariness

George saves the penguin chick from drowning, but there's little tension and no violence.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious George at the Aquarium is one of the new adventures of Curious George, written after the death of authors H.A. and Margret Rey. In this installment, the man with the yellow hat takes George to visit an aquarium. George sees lots of sea creatures and wanders into the penguin exhibit, where he rescues a penguin chick (though there's almost no suspense or scariness). This book is more educational than many of the George books. Kids will learn to identify different ocean creatures, and there's a page of fun facts at the back.

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What's the story?

In CURIOUS GEORGE AT THE AQUARIUM, the man with the yellow hat takes his little monkey to see the sea creatures. While they're waiting in line to enter, George hears the sounds of splashing and applause from inside, and he becomes too curious to wait, so he climbs over the wall. George walks around looking at beluga whales, sea lions, and smaller fish in tanks. He then enters the penguin exhibit, and guests are surprised to see a monkey with the penguins. George is the only one who notices when a penguin chick falls into the water; he knows that the baby chick is too little to know how to swim yet. He rescues the chick, and at the end he's made an honorary aquarium staff member.

Is it any good?

The newer Curious George adventures are less detailed and more formulaic than the originals, but this picture book offers something extra: lots of age-appropriate information about sea creatures. Both the electronic and print versions of this book include a page of fun facts that teach kids how piranhas taste, how sea stars eat, and more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals that live at the aquarium. What's your favorite?

  • How does this adventure compare with other Curious George books you've read? Do you like it as much? How is it different? How is it the same? 

  • Draw a picture of your favorite sea creature.

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