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ZOOM Curious George
Comes Home
Sold Out (Win95/98/3.1) (Retail Box) (CURGEOCHPR)

Houghton Mifflin Interactive

Children

Ages: 3 to 6

...Where Storytelling Leaps to Life

Whether he's racing a sailboat, running errands in town or visiting the zoo, Curious George always manages to get himself in a bind. Now that ever-so-mischievous monkey is in trouble again...and only you can help him.

This critically-acclaimed CD-ROM invites children on a freewheeling romp through the friendly and familiar world of Curious George. By actively participating in an ever-changing story - choosing places to go, characters to visit and things to do - children learn storytelling and problem solving in a creative, fun-filled environment. Welcome Curious George into your child's life. And share the timeless appeal of a beloved classic cherished by generations of parents and children.

Features:

Dozens of story variations for hours of educational fun

Print personalized Curious George storybooks

Kid-sized icons and "hot spots"

Charming animations and original music

Exciting games and fun-filled learning activities

Over 90 original storybook pages that you can print out in color (or black and white)

What your child will learn:

  • Reading
  • Memorization
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Social Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Computer Orientation

Requirements: Windows - 486 or higher IBM compatible PC, 8MB RAM, 14MB free hard disk space, Windows 3.1 or higher including Windows 95, DOS 3.1 or higher, SVGA display, double speed CD-ROM drive, MPC compatible sound card (22MHz, 16-bit), mouse.

The Making of a Classic

About Margret and H.A. Rey and Curious George

Among children, we were best known as the parents of Curious George, the little monkey hero of our most famous books. "I thought you were monkeys too," said a little boy who had been eager to meet us, disappointment written all over his face.

In Hamburg, Germany, where both of us were born, H.A. (Hans Augusto) lived close to the zoo and, as a small child, spent much of his free time there. We both loved animals and one of the first things we would do when we came to a new town was to visit the zoo.

We first met in Hamburg. As H.A. told the story, he met me in my father's house at a party for my older sister, and his first glimpse of me was when I came sliding down the banister.

We went to Brazil and started working together as a sort of two person advertising agency and four months later, we were married. We went to Europe on our honeymoon and ended up in Paris, where we planned to stay for two weeks. We stayed for four years, in the same hotel where we first took lodging.

In Paris, we did our first children's book. It came about by accident and was called Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys (one of them was George). After that, we wrote mostly children's books and it agreed with us. H.A. was always surprised that he would get paid for what he liked to do best and would do anyhow.

We came to New York in 1940 to avoid the Nazis and started from scratch. But, by the time our first week was over, we had found a home for curous George at Hughton Mifflin.

Doing a book was hard work for us. People somethimes think that we dashed them off. I wish that had been the case. We worked very hard on each one, frequently over a year. We wrote and rewrote, we drew and redrew, we fought over the plot, the beginning, the ending, the illustrations.

And where did the ideas come from? I wish I knew. Sometimes they didn't come. Soaking in a hot bathtub, a news item in the papers, a piece of conversation at a party - it all helped.

Our books have been translated into about a dozen different languages and, even now, I love leafing through copies of these foreign editions. It does not matter much that there are some I cannot read, such as Finnish and Japanese, it so happens that I know the story.

Margret Rey

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