The Original Curious George: Collector's Edition by H. A. ReyThe Original Curious George: Collector's Edition by H. A. Rey

The Original Curious George: Collector's Edition

byH. A. Rey

Hardcover | October 15, 1998

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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.
Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few ite...
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Title:The Original Curious George: Collector's EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 10.5 × 8.75 × 0.46 inPublished:October 15, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395922720

ISBN - 13:9780395922729

Appropriate for ages: 4

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A spectacular gift idea, The Original Curious George and the story of where he came from is a wonderful treasure for young children and collectors alike. Escaping on bicycles, Hans and Margaret Rey fled France when the Germans invaded Paris in 1940. They took only their winter coats and picture books that they had been working on that would later become the beginning of the illustrious and world famous Curious George series. This book will delight fans of that all-too curious monkey.