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Curious George Goes to the Hospital (Curious George Original Adventures)

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Readers learn all about the hospital as George goes in for an operation to remove a puzzle piece he has eaten.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 28th 1973 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1966)
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David Simmer II
Jan 07, 2013 David Simmer II rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Humanity
Recommended to David by: God
Shelves: davesfavorites
After re-reading "Curious George Goes to the Hospital" I am convinced that it is the peak of literary perfection, unmatched by any other human accomplishment. The entire spectrum of drama is fully represented in a tale so filled with wonder and delight as to make all other books redundant. The fact that the story's wealth of knowledge and inspiration is so remarkably accessible to persons of most any age is surely a testament to the unarguable brilliance of Margret & H.A. Rey. I loathe to at ...more
Mar 03, 2017 BobRoss'sCooluncle rated it it was amazing
Parents need to know that Curious George Goes to the Hospital is the last of the original Curious George books by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey. The adorable little monkey must be admitted to the hospital after he eats a puzzle piece. The book describes the way the hospital staff discover what happened to George and what it's like for George to be in the hospital, but there's no detail about the procedure to remove the puzzle piece. While he's in the hospital, George's antics entertain and amuse othe ...more
David Abrams
Oct 29, 2011 David Abrams rated it it was amazing
It's impossible to understate the importance of this book in my life. I first read it when I was seven. Within a few months *I* would be going to the hospital for an emergency tonsilectomy. During my recovery, George was there with me in the hospital room the entire time. I read the pages until I had every nuance of the illustrations memorized. This book comforted me and, for one of the first times, broadened me beyond my grade-school world. There were others out there who had gone through simil ...more
Nathan Kaczmarek
May 23, 2016 Nathan Kaczmarek rated it it was amazing
Curious George Goes to the Hospital was about a curious little monkey named George. One day George was waiting for the man with the yellow hat to get home. He saw a strange box on the man with the yellow hat's desk and he was very curious to what might be in the box. He became so curious that he couldn't wait for his friend to come home. When he opened the box, there were lots of little pieces that looked like candy. George put it in his mouth and before he knew it he had swallowed it. When the ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 21, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: curious girls and boys
Oh, no! Curious George swallows a piece of his puzzle, and doesn't feel so good. Off to the hospital he goes, where he finds puppets to play with, and wheelchairs to race down the halls. Another classic George story!
May 23, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret Rey was about a curious little monkey named George who was always getting into trouble because of the adventures he took. One day George was waiting for the man with the yellow hat to get home. He saw a strange box on the man with the yellow hat's desk and he became curious. He became so curious that he couldn't wait for his friend to come home. He just had to open it. When he opened the box, there were strange shaped pieces that looked like candy t ...more
Tots R
Apr 25, 2015 Tots R rated it it was amazing
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret Rey, H.A. Rey (Fantasy)
"Curious George Goes to the Hospital" is a wonderful book. I have loved Curious George books since I was child. I loved reading his books to my sons when they were kids. Curious George helps children to understand by fantasizing about everyday life. For instance in the book this makes put children at ease when going to the hospital. I recommend the book for children ages 2-7. George mistakenly eats a jigsaw puzzle piece, think
Phillip Lemons
Apr 05, 2016 Phillip Lemons rated it liked it
Shelves: young-books
My boy loves George. I like the recent Curious George stuff much more than the classic. This is one of the better classic books as it doesn't imply George was behaved badly when curious. It is very dated now and hospital stays are much different. Not to mention that one will probably not go to the hospital after eating one piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

What I liked:
- George helps other kids feel more comfortable at the hospital. This is a scary place for kids and this book does a good job in making
Neha Amin
Jan 29, 2014 Neha Amin rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, places
Review: I think Curious George is a wonderful series for young children.In this particular story, George goes to the hospital and getting surgery. This story teaches children about the hospital and the different people that work there.

Learning Experience: In small groups, the children will be given different materials and will be told to act out the story by pretending to be all the people that are at the hospital. For example, one children can play the patient, another can play the doctor, anot
Dec 03, 2014 Liam rated it really liked it
I like Curious George now. Seeing George go to the hospital and have an operation was just like me.
Ainsley's cool uncle / Johnson W
Trash, Nobody Likes "Hardcovers"

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Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 01, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
This is the last of the original Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey. In it, George is home alone when a package arrives at the door. Since the man with the yellow hat is away, George opens the package, and everlastingly curious, swallows one of the puzzle pieces that he finds inside. When his stomach begins to hurt, the man with the yellow hat checks him into the hospital children's ward to have it removed. There he meets many children, among them the frightened and sad Betsy. In the p ...more
Rosa Cline
Jan 14, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, 2015, 2016, 2014, 2017
This is a 'classic' Curious George book, so for readers that are used to the cartoon they may not like this book but for those of us that grew up with Curious George it's a fun book to read to our grandchildren (like I just did) This is word for word for the Scholastic movie with the same title, so if you own it or have watched it several times this book maybe 'boring'. But for us it was fun.

George , as always was curious. He found a puzzle the man had left on the table he didn't know what it wa
Jun 05, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed reading curious george books since i was a kid. I had never read this one though, and am glad i got the chance. this is an excellent book to prepare young children for hospital visits, or even just a doctors visit. The pictures in the book were very detailed and told the story all in themselves. It is also a good book to teach children that they should always listen, and never put things in their mouths that do not belong.

Learning extension- Teacher will bring in a box of i
Apr 14, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This particular Curious George book was always my favorite one while growing up, and I still enjoy it today. One thing that always aggravated me, though I enjoyed the pictures because they looked like they were drawn right onto the pages, I didn't like that it kept calling the man 'the man in the yellow hat' but his hat was white in the story. I feel like if kids didn't know anything about Curious George and just picked up this book, they would be extremely confused. Of course, it always aggrava ...more
Lindsey Adams
Dec 04, 2012 Lindsey Adams rated it really liked it
Margaret and H.A. Rey are the wonderful author and illustrators of the famous Curious George books. Curious George Goes to the Hospital is a fun and energetic story about George who opens the door when someone leaves a package. The man in the yellow hat isnt there and George cannot resist his curiosity--he eats a puzzle piece from the package. He is taken to the hospital where he meets a little girl who is sad. He does all that he can to cheer her up, even if that means wreaking havoc in the hos ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Deja rated it it was amazing
Review: I love all the series of Curious George. I choose this book because kids are always scared to go to the doctor when they get hurt. It tells you that the hospital is not a scary place but a place where you can get well. I love the visual aspect on the monkey looks like a animal instead of guessing what it might be.

Learning Experience: The experience would be on going to the doctor the health reason on why we should. I would even have a little station in dramatic play on pretend being the
Heather Johnson
Jun 19, 2014 Heather Johnson rated it it was amazing
I have two favorite books... This is one of them. It's one of the original Margaret and H.A. Ray books (don't let many of the other Curious George books fool you... Most are BASED on the original CG). Anyway, this book is simple and doesn't have too many moving parts like some of the other original stories, which I appreciate, especially for children.

The mischief George gets into is really CUTE, and consistently provokes a smile. The ending, of course, is heartwarming.

LOVE this book to puzzle
Nov 10, 2014 Clara rated it it was amazing
I wanted to include Curious George on my list because my children love these stories. I think they are worth reading. There are several new stories of Curious George that say " In the style of Margaret and HA Rey" but the best ones are the originals. They include Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. I strongly recommend the orgi ...more
Aug 10, 2008 Upstatemamma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This one is my favorite of the Curious George series. My son seems to like this one best. It is so cute and sweet. Plus, George really goes through something. I think my son might like it so much because he has had a trip to the hospital too. I think he relates to george and how George feels while he is in the hospital. I mean obviously, my son did not stay in the hospital overnight without us, but he did go into surgery by himself. So, George gets to have this experience and he deals with it in ...more
Kim Wright
Nov 18, 2012 Kim Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love, love, LOVE Curious George. Especially this one. He gets into such mischievous in his visit to the hospital. Curious George books are so fabulous. I read so many Curious George books to my children and other children in the nursery at church. Little children love Curious George's character, as he seems to always be getting into mischief... and children can relate to that. And adults love the fun that Curious George brings to a story. His books are so much fun to read, as they bring so muc ...more
Alexa David
Oct 03, 2012 Alexa David rated it really liked it
Curious George Goes to the Hospital is about a trip that Curious George takes the hospital after swallowing a puzzle piece. After the puzzle piece is removed, he goes onto have fun eating ice cream with other children in the hospital. Curious George Goes to the Hospital would be a beneficial book to implement into middle level elementary as a lesson on geography and safety. Since the book is about going to the hospital, have students create a map showing the way from the school to the hospital.
Oct 22, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 1970s
I remember reading this book over and over again when I was young. The narrative is somewhat dramatic and I can imagine that it could help alleviate a child who is afraid of the doctor or going to the hospital. The story was one of my favorites in the Curious George series and I remember this book with great fondness.
Christina Deroche
Feb 18, 2014 Christina Deroche rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
This is a great book. It teaches children a lot and helps them understand what doctors use. Curious George books were my favorite as a child.

L.E. Bring in things that doctors use and describe and demonstrate how they are used. An otoscope is used to look in your ears, nose, mouth. May need a scalpel for many reasons. Aspirin to help with pain. Stethoscope is used to listen to how you breathe and heart beet.

Robert Confiant
Feb 04, 2017 Robert Confiant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was given to me before I went into the hospital for surgery. I was in grade 1.
Apr 17, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
36 months - I picked this up at the thrift store for 50 cents. This is one of the longer original stories. We've had so many conversations about putting things in the mouth, ears and nose that doesn't belong there this was a good reminder of why this is a "no no". My daughter really doesn't like to go to the doctor so this book hopefully, maybe, too a bit of the scariness away. We'll find out next week.
Jan 10, 2012 Charles rated it it was amazing
The really great thing about Curious George books is kids really love Curious George. I have never read curious George to a group without a chorus of laughter, children and adults. Margret Rey finds her way into every Child's heart with each smile George brings. Children learn about unconditional love from The man with the yellow hat. They also learn that every problem no matter how large can be solved and forgiven.
I was looking for a book to help my 2 year old know what to expect when she had surgery. They're surprisingly hard to find because most are about broken limbs. The technology and customs are pretty outdated, being that this is from the 1960s, but I was able to show my daughter hospital ID bracelets and there is a man wearing scrubs in the operating room.
Jun 25, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy watching monkeys suffer
This book makes me really sad. Poor George breaks his leg and has to go to the hospital for an operation. Will someone please take this monkey back to the jungle! He shouldn't be in the city, or goodness gracious, the zoo. He needs to be in the jungle!

(I love the illustration of George on drugs. Dizzy!)
Jul 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
The moral of the story is that if you swallow things which are not food you get to go to the hospital and have all kinds of fun. Hospitals aren't good for wheelchair races, no matter what the authors of this book imply. What do they know? They can't tell the difference between a monkey and an ape. I blame the man in the ominous yellow hat for everything.
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Margret Elizabeth Rey (May 16, 1906 – December 21, 1996), born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein, was (with her husband H. A. Rey), the co-author and illustrator of children's books, best known for their Curious George

Although she was born in Germany, she fled to Brazil early in her life to escape Nazism. While there, she met her future husband Hans (who was a salesman and also from Germany). They mar
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