《好奇小猴乔治》是作者Margret & H.A Rey他们夫妇二人爱的结晶。故事出自太太玛格丽特之手，先生汉斯负责插画，以简单线条描绘出戏剧张力十足、妙趣横生的故事，夫妇联手开启了这一系列脍炙“童”口的奇想之旅。
by Hans Augusto Rey
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This is George. He lived in Africa.
He was a good little monkey and always very curious.
One day George saw a man.
He had on a large yellow straw hat.
The man saw George, too.
"What a nice little monkey," he thought,
"I would like to take him home with me."
The man put his hat on the ground,
and of course George was curious.
He came down from the tree to
look at the large yellow hat.
The hat had been on the man’s head.
George thought it would be nice
to have it on his own head.
He picked it up and put it on.
The hat covered George’s head. He couldn’t see.
The man picked him up quickly and
poppedhim into a bag. George was caught.
The man with the big yellow hat
put George into a little boat,
and a sailor rowed them both
across the water to a big ship.
George was sad, but he was still a little curious.
On the big ship, things began to happen.
The man took off the bag.
George sat on a little stooland the man said,
"George, I am going to take you to a big Zoo in a big city.
You will like it there.
Now run along and play,but don’t get into trouble."
George promised to be good.
But it is easy for little monkeys to forget.
On the deck he found some sea gulls.
He wondered how they could fly.
He was very curious.
Finally he HAD to try. It looked easy. But——
oh, what happened!
First this –and then this!
"WHERE IS GEORGE?"The sailors looked and looked.
At last they saw him struggling in the water,
and almost all tired out.
"Man overboard!" the sailors cried
as they threw him a lifebelt.
George caught it and held on.
At last he was safe on board.
George was more careful to be a good monkey,
until at last the long trip was over.
George said good-by to the kind sailors,
and he and the man with the yellow hat
walked off the ship on to the shore
and on into the city to the man’s house.
After a good meal and a good pipe,
George felt very tried.
He crawled intobed and fell asleep at once.
The next morning the man telephoned the Zoo.
George watched him. He was fascinated.
Then the man went away. George was curious.
He wanted to telephone, too.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. What fun!
GEORGE HAD TELEPHONED THE FIRE STATION!
The firemen rushed to the telephone.
"Hello! Hello!" they said. But there was no answer.
Then they looked for the signal on the big map
that showed where the telephone call had come from.
They didn’t know it was GEORGE.
They thought it was a real fire.
HURRY! HURRY! HURRY!
The firemen jumped on to the fire engines
and on to the hook-and-ladders.
Everyone out of the way! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
The firemen rushed into the house.
They opened the door.
NO FIRE! ONLY a naughtylittle monkey.
"Oh, catch him, catch him," they cried.
He almost did,
but he got caught in the telephone wire, and—
a thin fireman caught one arm
and a fat fireman caught the other.
"You fooled the Fire Department," they said.
"We will have to shut you up
where you can’t do any more harm."
They took him away and shut him up in a prison.
George wanted to get out.
He climbed up to the window to try the bars.
Just then the watchman came in.
He got on the wooden bed to catch George.
But the watchman was too big and heavy.
The bed tipped up,the watchman fell over,
and, quick as lightning,
George ran out through the open door.
He hurried through the building
and out on to the roof.
And then he was lucky to be a monkey.
Out he walked on to the telephone wires.
Quickly and quietly over the guard’s head,
George walked away. He was free!
Down in the street, outside the prison wall,
stood a balloon man.
A little girl bought a balloon for her brother.
He was curious again.
He felt he MUST have a bright red balloon.
He reached over and tried to help himself, but ——
instead of one balloon,
the whole bunch broke loose.
In an instant the wind whisked them all away and,
with them, went George,
holding tight with both hands.
Up, up he sailed, higher and higher.
The houses looked like toy houses
and the people like dolls.
George was frightened. He held on very tight.
At first the wind blew in great gusts.
Then it quieted.
Finally it stopped blowing altogether.
George was very tired.
Down, down he went -bump,
on to the top of a traffic light.
Everyone was surprised. The traffic got all mixed up.
George didn’t know what to do,
and then he heard someone call, "GEORGE!"
He looked down and saw his friend,
the man with the big yellow hat!
George was very happy.
The man was happy, too.
George slid down the post,
and the man with the big yellow hat
put him under his arm.
Then he paid the balloon man for all the balloons.
And then George and the man climbed into the car,
and at last away they went to the ZOO!
What a nice place for George to live!
- straw hat 草帽
- popped 被逮捕的
- stool 凳子
- sea gulls 海鸥
- pipe 烟斗
- crawled into 爬进
- fascinated 着迷的，被深深吸引的
- naughty 顽皮的，淘气的
- prison 监狱
- tipped up 倾覆
- loose 松开
- gusts 一阵强风( gust的名词复数 )