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 Rey's 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. It's a perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages! Especially recommended for ages 7 to 10.
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 Rey’s 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.
Allan Drummond studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and has lived and worked in France and the USA. www.allandrummond.com
Louise Borden is the highly regarded author of many books, including Good Luck, Mrs. K!, Sleds on Boston Common, Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh and The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in WW II, published by Margaret McElderry Books, and The Journey That Saved Curious George, Across the Blue Pacific, and His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, published by HMH. She lives with her husband, Pete, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has three grown children. Her website can be found at www.louiseborden.com.
Gr 4-8-This beautifully designed volume is a must-have for children's
literature buffs. The book is divided into two parts: the first gives
background on the couple's childhoods and early life together; the second half
is devoted to their dramatic escape from World War II-torn Europe. Husband and
wife were both Jewish, born in Hamburg. After serving in the German army
during World War I, Hans sailed to Brazil, where he wore a big hat and sailed
down the Amazon. Margaret, an old family friend, joined him in 1935, and they
soon married. Their honeymoon in Paris lasted four years. It was here that
they began writing children's books about a curious little monkey named Fifi.
By May of 1940 it was clear they must flee. So begins the second part.
Tirelessly cycling by day, they boarded train after train as the Nazis
occupied Paris, finally sailing to Rio. From there, it was on to New York, and
within a year, Curious George was published. An afterword describes the
balance of their lives. Borden spent years going through personal papers,
notebooks, and photographs, and contacted people who knew the Reys. As a
result, the book is richly detailed. Drummond's charming watercolors appear
throughout, some full page, and many sharing or framing a page of text. In
addition, abundant primary-source documents and photos along with original art
combine to complete this attractive package. An appealing choice for biography
assignments and units on World War II or refugees.-Barbara Auerbach, New York
City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The legendary tale about the Reys' 1940 flight from Paris on bicycles just
before the Nazis stormed the City of Light comes into clear focus here, thanks
to Borden's diligent research and lucid writing. Reproductions of Hans Rey's
diary entries, letters from publishers and photos many taken by Margret lend
the book authenticity and immediacy. Drummond's watercolors add a spirited
splash of color to the handsomely designed paper-over-board volume. His
illustrations display a whimsy and energy appealingly reminiscent of the Reys'
art, while still uniquely his own; the artist also effectively conveys the
somber side of this extraordinary story. Borden sketches the childhoods of
Hans and Margret, both raised in Jewish families in Hamburg, who in 1935
teamed up professionally, and then married, in Rio de Janeiro (where,
curiously and quite satisfyingly, they had two mischievous pet marmosets). The
couple then moved to Paris, where they began writing and illustrating
children's books, including one starring a "very curious little monkey" named
Fifi. The details of the Reys' escape from Paris underscore the sense of
urgency. Since trains had stopped running, they tried to buy bicycles, but
shops were sold out, so Hans bought spare parts and built two bikes. A
wordless, frenetic spread dramatizes their part in "the largest motorized
evacuation in history." At last they reached America, where Fifi, too, found a
home, at Houghton Mifflin and a new name. A stirring, uplifting and elegantly
packaged saga. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"A stirring, uplifting, and elegantly packaged saga."--Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred
"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