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Margret Elizabeth Rey (May 10, 1906 – December 21, 1996), born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein, was (with her husband H. A. Rey), the co-author and illustrator of children's books, the most famous of which are the Curious George series.

Although she was born in Germany, she fled to Brazil to escape Nazism. While there, she met her future husband Hans (who was a salesman and also from Germany). They married in 1935 and moved to Paris, France, that same year.

While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George.

The Reys' odyssey brought them to the Spanish border, where they bought train tickets to Lisbon. From there they returned to Brazil, where they had met five years earlier, but this time they continued to New York, New York. The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, though certain changes had to be introduced because of the technology of the time. Hans and Margret originally planned to use watercolors to illustrate the books, but since they were responsible for the color separation, he changed these to the cartoon-like images that continue to feature in each of the books. (A collector's edition with the original watercolors was recently released.)

Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all, with Hans mainly doing the illustrations and Margret working mostly on the stories, though they both admitted to sharing the work and cooperating fully in every stage of development. At first, however, Margret's name was left off the cover, ostensibly because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories.

Margret and her husband moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, in a house close to Harvard Square. Following her husband's death in 1977, Margret continued writing, and in 1979, became a Professor of Creative Writing at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Starting in 1980, she also began to collaborate with Alan Shalleck on a series of short films featuring Curious George and more than two dozen additional books.

In 1989 Margret Rey established the Curious George Foundation to help creative children and prevent cruelty to animals. In 1996, she made major donations to the Boston Public Library and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was also a long-time supporter of the Longy School of Music.

Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, a professor in the field of library science (specializing in children's literature) at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. contacted the Reys in 1966 about the university's new children's literature collection. H.A. and Margret made a donation of a pair of sketches at the time. In 1996, after Margret's death, it was revealed in her will that the entire literary estate of the Reys were to be donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at Southern Miss.
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Total Books: 341
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
2017 - Curious George Goes to the Hospital [Special Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780544764088
ISBN-10: 0544764080
Genre: Children's Books
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The Complete Adventures of Curious George 75th Anniversary Edition
2016 - The Complete Adventures of Curious George 75th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780544644489
ISBN-10: 0544644484
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George
2016 - Curious George [75th Anniversary Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780544763487
ISBN-10: 0544763483
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious Georges 1 to 10 and Back Again
2016 - Curious Georges 1 to 10 and Back Again (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780544547667
ISBN-10: 0544547667
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George Goes Fishing
2016 - Curious George Goes Fishing (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780544610972
ISBN-10: 0544610970
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George Goes to a Movie with downloadable audio
2014 - Curious George Goes to a Movie with Downloadable Audio (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780544313699
ISBN-10: 0544313690
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George Learns the Alphabet
2013 - Curious George Learns the Alphabet [50th Birthday Edition with flash cards] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780544105232
ISBN-10: 0544105230
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George and the Pizza Party with downloadable audio
Happy Hanukkah Curious George tabbed board book
2012 - Happy Hanukkah Curious George Tabbed Board Book (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780547757315
ISBN-10: 054775731X
Genre: Children's Books
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Merry Christmas Curious George
2012 - Merry Christmas Curious George (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780547760544
ISBN-10: 054776054X
Genre: Children's Books
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Jorge el curioso vuela una cometa/Curious George Flies a Kite
2012 - Jorge El Curioso Vuela Una Cometa/curious George Flies a Kite (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780547691626
ISBN-10: 0547691629
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George Stories to Share
2011 - Curious George Stories to Share (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780547595290
ISBN-10: 0547595298
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George and the Pizza Party
2010 - Curious George and the Pizza Party (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780547232119
ISBN-10: 054723211X
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George and the Pizza Party
2010 - Curious George and the Pizza Party (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780547232157
ISBN-10: 0547232152
Genre: Children's Books
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Curious George and the Pizza
2010 - Curious George and the Pizza (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780545231114
ISBN-10: 0545231116
Genre: Children's Books
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Cecily G and the Nine Monkeys
2009 - Cecily G and the Nine Monkeys [Curious George] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780618997947
ISBN-10: 0618997946
Genre: Children's Books
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2009 - Curious George the Movie Meet Curious George [Curious George the Movie a Picture Reader] (Other)
Curious George in the Big City
2009 - Curious George in the Big City (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439589106
ISBN-10: 1439589100
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Curious George Goes to a Costume Party
2009 - Curious George Goes to a Costume Party (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439589113
ISBN-10: 1439589119
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Curious George Visits a Toy Store
2009 - Curious George VIsits a Toy Store (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439589137
ISBN-10: 1439589135
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Curious George and the Firefighters
2009 - Curious George and the Firefighters (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439589168
ISBN-10: 143958916X
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Curious George's First Day of School
2009 - Curious George's First Day of School (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439589175
ISBN-10: 1439589178
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2009 - Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop [Curious George, No 23] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - The Surprise Gift [Curious George] (Paperback)
2008 - Curious George Plays Mini Golf [Curious George Early Readers] (Paperback)
2008 - Curious George's First Day at School [Curious George Book & CD] (Audio CD)
2007 - Curious George Takes a Trip [Curious George Early Readers] (Paperback)
2007 - Curious George Roller Coaster [Curious George Early Readers] (Paperback)
2007 - Snowy Day [Curious George] (Paperback)
2007 - Curious George Plants a Seed [Curious George Early Readers] (Paperback)
2007 - Tadpole Trouble [Curious George] (Paperback)
2007 - Curious George and the Kite [Curious George Early Readers] (Paperback)
2007 - The Donut Delivery [Curious George] (Paperback)
2007 - Curious George and the Donut Delivery [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition - Curious George Prebound] (Other)
2007 - Curious George and the Dog Show [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition] (Other)
2007 - Curious George Builds a Home [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition - Curious George Prebound] (Other)Paperback
2006 - Curious George Builds a Home [Curious George] (Paperback)
2006 - Curious George Plays Baseball [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition - Curious George Prebound] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2006 - Curious George's Big Adventures [Curious George, The Movie] (Paperback)
2006 - Curious George the Moviecurious George's Big Adventures [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition] (Other)
2005 - Curious George Goes to School [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition - Curious George Prebound] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
2004 - Curious George and the Bunny [Curious George Board Books] (Other)Hardcover
2003 - Animals [Penguin Young Readers] (Paperback)
2001 - Jorge El Curioso Book Cassette [Read Along Book & Cassette] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2001 - Curious George Rides [Board Book] (Other)Hardcover
2000 - Curious George Goes Camping [Curious George] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1997 - Spotty (Paperback)Hardcover
1993 - Jorge El Curioso Pa Prem [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1992 - Curious George Rides a Bike [Read Me a Story-Story Time Cassette] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
I Am Curious About Safety [A Curious George Activity Book] (Paperback)
Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory with Cassette [s - Carry Along Book & Cassette Favorites] (Other)
George Et La Fanfare [French Edition] (Hardcover)