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Margret Rey was born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein in Hamburg, as was her future husband, Hans Augusto Reyersbach, later known as H.A. Rey. Both of them had German Jewish fathers. The couple first met in Hamburg as teenagers. They met again in 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Margret had gone to escape the Nazis regime in Germany and Hans was working as a salesman. They married that year and moved to Paris. There Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of a publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book that contained a monkey character called Curious George. In June 1940, the couple fled the German invasion of France on bicycles made by Hans, with only the clothes on their backs and the manuscript of a new book about Curious George. They reached Bayonne, France where they managed to obtain visas for Spain; from there, they went on to the USA, settling in New York City. They sold Curious George to Houghton Mifflin, which published it in 1941. It was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more books about the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all, with Margret working mostly on the texts, and Hans mainly doing the illustrations, though they cooperating fully in every stage of development. At first, covers omitted Margret's name, but this was changed in later editions and Margret received full credit for her role as co-author. The Curious George books sold more than 25 million copies around the world and the original story has never been out of print. The Reys also produced other children's picture books, beginning in 1941 with How Do You Get There?, including Elizabite: The Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant (1942), and a series of illustrated verse books. In the 1940s, Margret also independently authored four children's books published by Harper & Row: Pretzel (1944), Spotty (1945), Pretzel and the Puppies (1946), and Billy's Picture (1948). The Reys moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963. After her husband died in 1977, Margret began teaching creative writing at Brandeis University. She also became involved in the marketing of Curious George merchandise, overseeing the production of related dolls, toys, and games. Together with Allan J. Shalleck, she served as the text editor for 28 sequels to the seven original stories.
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Despite being married, H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey are two different people. Please do not combine their separate author pages. Also, do not combine either Margaret or H.A. with pages that have both their names. Thank you.

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