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The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey Paperback – Bargain Price, August 16, 2010
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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.
"More than a first biography of picture book icons, this is a fine introduction to the period for young children, a model of documentation, and an exceptionally inviting and well-designed book." --Horn Book Horn Book
Download an activity sheet to accompany The Journey That Saved Curious George [PDF].
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The story is told with a vocabulary that children can understand while adults will still find it a good read. Borden included quite a number of drawings and photographs by the Rey's .
She explains in an epilogue that she didn't write about the Holocaust for several good reasons:
1. It had nothing to do with the Rey's journey.
2. Very few people who didn't live near the camps actually knew what was going on at that time, and many didn't believe it.
3. She wanted children to have a small hint of the danger without writing a take which might give them nightmares.
She packs a great deal of information into this small book and I learned about several other books they produced.
I enjoyed it greatly.
(Some readers may want to be aware of the colonization and racial undertones in Curious George stories. You can do some research to learn more about that. Frankly, I think CG books , because they are so familiar, are a way to open the door to for lessons/discussions with older kids (Gr. 10-college) about those issues.)
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英語のレベルは，YL 3 程度か思います。George の絵本が読めた人には，なんとか読めるのではないかと思います。