Curious George's 5-Minute Stories

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Book Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Margret and H.A. Rey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780544107939
Pages:   181

George is a good monkey, but he's very curious. Along with his friend, the man in the yellow hat, George has many adventures. In this compilation of Curious George stories, George and the man visit the zoo, the aquarium, and the library. They also go to a baseball game, deliver thank you notes, and make new friends. Follow George as he curiously explores his city, gets into trouble, and saves the day. Curious monkeys get into trouble, but with the help of friends they can find a way out.

Curious George stories are full of adventure, trouble, and eventual "save the day" moments. The authors use short words and simple terminology to make reading the stories engaging and fun. The writing is simplistic enough that many young readers will likely have an easy time reading these stories. Each scene is also depicted in a simple drawing which helps to give meaning to the words. While each story shows George "saving the day," and, while he may have good intentions, often George's actions are reckless and endangering. The man with the yellow hat permits George to do many things and go off on his own without supervision. However, at the end of each story the man does catch up to George and often makes sure he knows not to do those things. All together this compilation of stories will be sweet and endearing for readers.