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The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Curious George Takes Manhattan

And Sets His Sights on the Rest of the Nation

Curious George, the world’s favorite mischief-maker, has never been one to shy away from adventure. Now, in celebration of his 60th anniversary, he’s set to travel the country as part of a new exhibit, Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey. This exciting exhibit of original artwork and memorabilia— sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Publishers and drawn from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection in Mississippi—will debut at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on October 3, 2001. In 2002, the exhibit will travel to Los Angeles and then make its way to several other cities.

Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey contains many fascinating and unique items from the creators of Curious George. The timeless appeal of H.A.’s familiar images takes center stage in the many sketches, preliminary drawings and full-color illustrations that are included. Visitors can view dummy pages and original artwork from all their favorite Curious George books, as well as from other beloved Rey titles. Margret’s many talents are evident in the variety of items she produced—Curious George knitted socks, a needlepoint portrait of her husband, a beautiful woodcut. The works included in the exhibit span the Reys’ entire lifetime, from a painting done by H.A. at age eight to samples of the New Year’s cards they designed every year.

Houghton Mifflin Publishers is pleased to offer children’s literature fans this rare glimpse into the lives of Curious George’s creators. When the de Grummond collection was founded at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1966, the Reys were among its earliest contributors. More materials were added over the years and in 1996, with the death of Margret, the remaining literary estate was given to the de Grummond Collection. It was in this collection that the manuscript for Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World (2000) was found in October of 1999.

Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey
will be at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan from October 3, 2001, through February 28, 2002. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is located at 212 W. 83rd Street.






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