Thursday, October 2, 2008

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

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Five paw prints. Did you know Curious George was originally named FiFi? It’s true. Margret and Hans each grew up in Germany during the early 1900’s. Life was very good when they were children. Eventually they met each other (while living and working in Brazil), fell in love, and married. While living in Brazil they would write and draw to earn money. They even became citizens of Brazil because they loved the country so much. AND…they had a pet monkey. Eventually they returned to Europe to visit their families and they decided to stay in Paris, France for a few years. While there a man named Hitler became the leader of Germany and he started to invade countries, including France. This made the Rey’s nervous because Hitler hated people who were Jewish and the Rey’s were Jewish. The majority of the book is about the Rey’s escape from France and how they saved their children’s stories during this escape. Told with words, illustrations, and photographs, this book is great for anyone who loves history, adventure, or Curious George. If you love Curious George as much as I do visit you’ll love this website.
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