The New Adventures of Curious George

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Anthology compiles funny, later George stories.

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Educational Value

Children will learn about their world from George. For example, they'll see how different chocolates are decorated to indicate their filling. They'll also find out what's inside an animal shelter, how grownups make pancakes, what animals are in the zoo, whose faces are on Mount Rushmore, and how to make shadow puppets.

Positive Messages

George shows kids that's normal to be curious, and it's okay to make mistakes.

Violence & Scariness

These George books include a few pratfalls, and some "adventures" that aren't recommended for children, but no real violence or danger.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The New Adventures of Curious George is a compendium of later stories written after the passing of Curious George authors H. A. Rey and Margret Rey. Each is illustrated in the style of the Reys, and George looks just as adorable and funny in these stories as he did in the original books. The stories are "Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory," "Curious George and the Puppies," "Curious George Makes Pancakes," "Curious George Feeds the Animals," "Curious George Goes to a Movie," "Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon," "Curious George in the Snow," and "Curious George's Dream."  As in the original books and PBS cartoon show, George's curiosity gets him into funny scrapes and messes. Kids learn from George that it's normal to be curious, though George displays a lot of don't-try-this-at-home behavior.

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What's the story?

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE compiles eight later George stories about the "good little monkey" who's "also very curious." In each story, George visits a different place with his friend the man with the yellow hat. George's curiosity gets him into mischief when he lets a litter of puppies and their mother dog out of a cage, for example, or accidentally flies off in a hot air balloon. However, his antics end up somehow resolving a problem: Mother dog finds a missing puppy; George comes to the aid of a worker stranded on Mount Rushmore! In George stories, all's always well that ends well.

Is it any good?

Not all Curious George stories are created equal, and the six installments included in this anthology are more formulaic than the original George books. However, young children often enjoy predictability, so that's not necessarily a problem for the books' intended audience.

All of these stories contain the warm, cute pictures that kids love, and the funny antics that George is known for. This is an entertaining collection that will bring lots of enjoyment at a price that's lower than purchasing all of these books separately.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about curiosity. What does it mean that George is "curious"? What are you curious about?

  • Which story in this book do you like best?

  • Make up your own idea for a George story. What's another place that George might be curious to visit?

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