The Journey That Saved Curious George

The Journey That Saved Curious George

The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey

Book - 2005
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In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children's book manuscripts among their few possessions.

Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey's pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.

Follow the Rey's amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
ISBN: 9780618339242
Branch Call Number: j B REY M BORDEN L
Characteristics: 72 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Drummond, Allan


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ArapahoeKati Sep 24, 2016

A quick and informative story about the authors of Curious George who escaped from the Nazis. Full of illustrations and photographs, perfect for tweens.

Sep 09, 2012

This story is an important addition to our homeschool's unit on the Holocaust. Not overly graphic, and the kids can relate to Curious George, so it makes the study more relevant. Agree with BookFairy119 about the age ranges, if the child is on the mature side. Otherwise, 12 is good.

My fifteen year old gave this three stars because he said it wasn't really captivating. The writing is simple enough for it to be read by someone much younger, but the actual historical impact would be more suitable to someone a bit older.

LocketLibrarian Aug 18, 2011

Told in a scrapbook format, the true story of the Reys and their escape from 1940s France, just prior to German occupation. Suspenseful, even though you know the ultimate outcome.

Jul 20, 2010

Curious George and his friend the Man with the Yellow Hat currently reside in picture books, television sets, and movie screens. But they got their start in a humble flat in Paris, where their creators H.A. (Hans Alberto; 1898-1977) and Margret (1906-1996) Rey came to honeymoon and stayed to live and work. Both Hans and Margret were Jews born in Hamburg, Germany; when Hitler?s forces invaded France in 1940, the couple knew it was time to leave. Joining millions of people who fled the city and crowded the trains, the Reys made their escape on a pair of rickety bicycles?with the manuscript that would become Curious George (his original name was Fifi) strapped to Hans? back. The book that tells of this amazing journey through France, across the Atlantic, and to New York City is a lovely work of art all by itself. Author Louise Borden conveys the Reys? story in poetic style. Allan Drummond?s illustrations are elegant and energetic, whether they show the romance of the Reys? pre-war years or the more desperate rush to stay one step ahead of the Nazis. Photographs, letters, passport stamps, and intimate details lend authenticity to this story that has become a real legend in the history of children?s literature.


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