Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: H. A. Rey
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Upon finding a picture of a rainbow in his friend Betsy’s book, George the monkey becomes intent on discovering a rainbow himself. Using a flashlight and a fishbowl, Betsy shows him a miniature, indoor rainbow, but George looks forward to a hike in the forest with his friends with the hope of seeing a real one. George and Betsy chase down the rainbow but get lost in the process, while their friend Steve gets separated from them and stumbles across a moose. Thanks to the man with the yellow hat, the group becomes reunited after their exciting adventures in the forest.
Like other Curious George Discovers books, this book provides an interesting plot with lovable characters as well as an educational experience for any reader (children and adults alike). The text is easy to read and well-organized, and the illustrations are bright and crisp and fit perfectly with the story line, much like in the Curious George TV series. Several pages also include “Did you know…?” side panels with photos and fun scientific facts, and there are “Test it out!” boxes too that provide simple instructions for the reader to perform real experiments like George does. Other interesting facts and experiments are found at the end of the book along with a glossary. Overall, this book is upbeat and very interesting and surely fulfills its goal of making learning fun.