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The Curious Reader

May 2, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Simplicity in design brings little enhancement to a favorite story ...

Is your child crazy for a curious little monkey and his friend with the yellow hat? If so, you'll find this new app from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to be a great way to buy all your favorite titles in digital form for easy access on the go. This is a simple edition of the Curious George series that is more eBook than app - formatted and functioning like an iBook with almost no enhancements. The app includes the first title in the series for free, with additional titles available for in-app purchase. The settings are intuitive and easy to use, including controls for the narration that highlights word-for-word. While perfect for classroom use and bedtime reading, this collection may otherwise leave young readers unimpressed. The stories are timeless though and fans of this mischievous little monkey will enjoy having this app installed for easy reading of a childhood favorite. At the time of this review, there were 10 more books available at $1.99/ea (US), but even if you're only going to use this app for the original story, it is worth a download for anyone with a Curious George fan in the house.


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The Curious Reader

May 2, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Margaret & H. A. Rey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
56 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Curious Reader

Plot of first book in series:

The story opens with George, a little brown monkey, in the jungle. A man in a large yellow straw hat spots him through his binoculars and decides he would like to take the monkey home with him. He puts his hat on the ground and hides behind a tree. George, ever curious, comes down from the tree "to look at the large yellow hat." He puts the hat on but it is so large that he can't see and that gives the Man in the Yellow hat the opportunity to capture him and put him in a bag. The Man takes George to his cruise ship where he tells him that he is taking him to stay at the zoo in a big city and that he will like it there. He then gives George the run of the ship and tells him not to get into trouble. On deck, George sees some seagulls, tries to imitate their ability to fly and falls overboard. Luckily, the crew notices that George is missing, and spot him in the water. They throw a lifesaver to him and pull him aboard,

When they get to America, George is taken to the Man's house, has a meal, smokes a pipe, then goes to bed. The next day, having watched the Man make a telephone call, George plays with the telephone and inadvertently calls the fire station. The firemen rush to the house, only to discover Curious George and no fire. They arrest him for the false alarm and throw him in jail.

Curious George tries to climb through the window, but there are bars. Just then, the jailer comes in and climbs up on a wooden bed to get to George. The jailer is so heavy that the bed flips over and slams the man against the wall, creating enough diversion for George to run out the open door. He then climbs over the watchman in front of the jail, using the telephone wires. Out in the street, he spots a balloon vendor and tries to grab a balloon, but ends up grabbing the whole bunch and flying off into the air. He's carried by the breeze until it dies down, leaving George on the top of a traffic signal. The Man finds him there, buys all the balloons from the street vendor and finally takes George to his new home at the zoo. [Source: Wikipedia]


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: iPad


Bookshelf, Read to Me, Read Myself, Audio On/Off, Highlighting On/Off, Bookmark, Page Guide, Start Over, Home, Instructional Video, Info w/Master Audio On/Off, Links to: AppStore

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Size: 33.42 MB

Version: 1

Lite Version Available: No



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