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The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret…

by Louise Borden

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Tales of great adventures and escapes always seem to capture our imaginations, and make us believe that anything is possible. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that the adventures of Margret and H.A. Rey is so tantalizing. And in this adventure, we also have the added benefit of saving a famous manuscript from almost certain destruction. There is hope still that these bits of history will be saved, even when war and devastation strikes.
They never had children of their own and she died in 1996. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 2-5

Plot Summary: Hans Augusto Reyersbach moved to Brazil to study and Margarete followed 9 years later. They married and started writing books together, but they shortened their last name to Rey because it was easier for the Brazilians to pronounce. They moved to France and continued to write books together. When the war got closer, they moved to the French countryside but when the war didn't come anytime soon, they moved back. Finally, the war hit Paris and the couple fled the only way possible: on bikes. They biked for miles with very few belongings, including the script for Curious George.

Setting: Germany, Brazil, France

Hans Augusto Reyersbach - born in Germany in 1906, spoke 5 languages, liked spending time at the zoo as a child, fought in WWI
Margarete Waldstein - born in Germany in 1914, wanted to be an artist

Recurring Themes: war, World War II, fear, languages, creativity

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: This quick read, written in free verse, was a little slower than I expected, but still an interesting read.

Genre: informational text, biography

Pacing: slow-medium

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  pigeonlover | Oct 20, 2016 |
A picture book biography of Margret and H.A. Rey, focusing on their experience during World War II trying to escape the Nazi invasion. There is suspense and drama here; even as the Reys enjoy stays on the countryside and seashore there is a foreboding sense hanging over it all. Their escape is exhausting and desperate. We also get a sense of how H.A. Rey worked on his books. Illustrations by Drummond bring to mind the "Curious George" illustrations; there are also collages of period photographs, pictures of the Reys and reprints of diary entries and letters. You get the sense that the Reys not only enjoyed life but were sturdy and resourceful as they biked and trained from France to Portugal, sailed to Brazil and then to the U.S.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Found this book at a thrift store, excellent condition, probably only read by me. Interesting story about the authors war time escape from Europe, with photos and drawings. So glad I now own this little gem.
  MissItaly | Jan 28, 2016 |
This brightly-illustrated book tells the true story of the creators of Curious George, Margret and H.A. Rey. Much like their monkey creation, they had to escape from some sticky situations. The couple lived in Paris on the verge of World II and made their escape from the city by bicycle hours before the German army marched in. It's a fascinating story, and this book left me wanting to know more. ( )
  Othemts | Feb 25, 2015 |
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For Amy Flynn, Emily Linsay, and Eleni Beja...my fine editors who shared the journey with me... for Lay Lee Ong...and always, for Pete. - L.B.
For Louise, who made the journey. - A.D.
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In 1906, Hans Agusto Reyerbach was a boy growing up in Hamburg, Germanny, a port city with canals and a thousand bridges...and the River Elbe that ran to the North Sea.
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Curious George is known and loved all over the world. But few people know the exciting history of his creators,. In 1940, Hans and Margaret Rey had to flee their Paris home as the German army advanced on the capital city. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles with their children's book manuscripts among their few possessions. Louise Borden combined primary resources, including Hans Rey's pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic, true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margaret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically illustrates their wartime trek to a new home. (978-0-618-33924-8)
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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 Reys' 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.

Amazon Exclusive: An Introduction and Photos from Louise Borden, Author of The Journey of Curious George
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Imagine our world without the famous little monkey Curious George!

He's a character that so many of us have grown up with, and like George, all of us are curious about the world in varying ways. Sometimes our explorations as kids and adults lead to hilarious mishaps or inspiring adventures. Sometimes our curiosity can change the world in amazing ways.

As a writer of children's books, I went on my own journey of antics and adventures in piecing together the long ago and unknown story of Margret and H. A. Rey's wartime escape from Paris in June of 1940.

Like George, I turned new corners and met new people who helped me. I traveled to exciting new places and learned new skills.

In the end, everything seemed to turn out well...just as it does for George.

Now, because of my curiosity, you, too, and everyone else, can know about the Reys' life story before they became famous and successful children's book creators. You can learn about George's first early escapes in The Journey That Saved Curious George.

The Reys honeymooned at the Terrass Hotel in Paris At the very beginning of World War II, the Reys spent several months at a chateau in the south of France The Reys passed through Acquebouille as they fled from the German army A map of the route that the Reys followed

A copy of the Reys' very first book for children, about a giraffe and nine monkeys The Rey Archives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Notice my detective's magnifying glass! Lay Lee Ong, executor of the Reys' estate Students love to learn about the wartime journey that Margret and Hans took

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Tells how the creators of "Curious George" narrowly escaped capture by the Nazis while fleeing Paris on their bicycles during World War II.

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