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Authors escape war with important manuscripts

Authors escape war with important manuscripts

by Jennifer Minicus | October 10, 2016

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This outstanding illustrated biography tells the story of Margret and H.A. Rey, the husband and wife team that brought Curious George into the lives of so many children.

Although they both grew up in Hamburg, these two Germans did not get to know each other until they met in Brazil. They married and moved to Paris where they began writing their children's books.

After WWII broke out, they joined the millions of refugees fleeing the city before the arrival of the Nazis. For the Reys, the departure was particularly imperative as they were both Jews. With the Germans near at hand and no trains available, the Reys biked out of the capital with their manuscripts.

Louise Borden's recounting of their adventures is accompanied by Allan Drummond's colorful illustrations as well as photos of the Reys and various documents. Also depicted are some of Hans Rey's original drawings, including one from his childhood. Unlike many biographies, which are often dry and purely factual, The Journey that Saves Curious George combines the charm of a picture book with a suspenseful story.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is now a full-time wife and mother.

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