The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey

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Overview

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden, Allan Drummond

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618339242
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Series: Curious George Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 237,975
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Allan Drummond holds a B.A. in graphic design and an M.A. in illustration. In 2004 he became chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design. www.allandrummond.com.

Louise Borden is the highly regarded author of many books, including Good Luck, Mrs. K!, Sleds on Boston Common, Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh and The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in WW II—all published by Margaret McElderry Books. Across the Blue Pacific is based on the true story of her uncle, Theodore Taylor Walker, who served aboard the USS Albacore (SS-218) during World War II. She lives with her husband, Pete, in Terrace Park, Ohio, and has three grown children. Her website can be found at www.louiseborden.com.

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The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CBDCD More than 1 year ago
Great book! Wonderful and touching story about the creators of books all children know. Great for adults and older kids 4th grade and up, especially interesting from the WWII aspects. My son loves WWII history and really liked this book--puts war issues into a perspective that he could understand.
ESL_teacher More than 1 year ago
As an elementary teacher I really enjoyed reading the story of how the writers/illustrators of the Curious George books escaped from the invading army in WWII. I plan on using the book with my students. The story gives another viewpoint that helps children understand the effects of war. Loved the illustrations.
FarToGo More than 1 year ago
Who knew there was such an adventure behind the way Curious Goerge always saves the day? Now I know why there is always a bicycle somewhere in the picture, too. The creators of Curious George are true heroes of a very special kind.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This was an interesting book looking into the lives of the individuals who brought us, Curious George. This book is a biography on the authors and tells us how Curious George came into being, what part the war played on George’s life, and the authors commitment to put their book into the hands of young children. I have always enjoyed Curious George. His antics and his adventures always put a smile on my face. I remember the book where he folded all the newspapers that he was supposed to be delivering and he made boats out of them and then the book where George is scared to go to the dentist, I liked George’s face in that book as it reminds me of how I feel when I visit that scary place. I think George opens up the world to kids, he shows them its okay to be scared, to not know all the answers and its okay to ask questions. He does things that we might perhaps think about doing but don’t act upon. He is our, what if? The world is a huge, evolving place and George helps children navigate inside it. He makes things funny, he calms our fears and being a cute, little monkey helps. As I read this book, I was surprised at the extreme measures the Rey’s took to put George inside a book. The novel begins talking about the couple as they were young children and time moves quickly along. Their dreams, college years, WWI, have the youngsters enjoying their life and doing what they do best: drawing and writing. Working together, they decide to get married and they share their apartment with a pair of marmosets. I am thinking to myself as I read this, how perfect is this? Hans keeps a daily journal as they try to get their projects into the hands of publishers. WWII begins and the couple’s living conditions are unstable. This couple has quite the miles under their belts when they finally find a place that they can call home. It seemed that they were always on the move, their manuscripts and illustrations tucked safely into their bags. Whether they traveling by ship, by train, or by bike, the Rey’s had to travel light but they knew they had someone special inside their bags. The illustrations were bright, cute and whimsical and they went perfectly with the book. It was an education and enlightening read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!Shows the safety fight of Margaret and H.A Rey. MLVRCS Charter School
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