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The Journey That Saved Curious George : The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 79 user ratings
ISBN:0618339248
LANGUAGE:English

" follow-on to 33 days by Leon Werth (DBG) bright shining Rey " said.

" Perfect book if your kids are studying WWII (like mine this year). Charming and gripping...couldn't put it down! Lots of "living geography" to trace out on a map. Made me want to look up other books written and illustrated by the Reys now that I know more of their story. " said.

" A great book to deepen readers' knowledge about and appreciation of Curious George! There is a lot of historical content woven into a strong narrative and the illustrations are a fascinating combination of drawings and primary sources. Also an interesting and unique narrative from the Holocaust. " said.

" This is an interesting story and I find it amazing that Curious George ever made it to publication. I do wish that the information within the book were presented in a different format, just wasn't a fan of how it was written or the small format in which the letters from the Rey's were shown in the margins. Wish that those tidbits had been large enough to read or for them to have been typed next to the graphic. " said.

"I read the paperback version of this book, so there were no actual ticket stubs.
The story was exciting and unbelievably true! The author tells this story so that it is easily understandable to readers around Grades 4-6 who do not have much background knowledge about the history of WWII. Readers can easily understand what Margret and H.A. Rey were going through as the Germans got closer to Paris and they realized that they had to leave. The inclusion of primary sources makes this a bit of a mentor text for historical research, also.
A good nonfiction narrative for curious minds who loved Curious George!
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"My friend Corinne has this knack for finding and reading the most interesting books (hi, Corinne! :) and that is how I found this one.  The title basically is it's own spoiler.  :)  As young newlywed artists, both Jews, they have no choice but to leave Paris as Hitler's regime makes its way into France.  Along with an enormous parade of humanity, they pedaled their bicycles, caught crowded trains, slept in barns along the countryside, all along their sights set on New York where they could finish publishing their work-in-progress, a children's picture book about a curious monkey.  The text is enhanced with photo-copies of their daily notes, purchases ledger, some of their original artwork, photographs and other interesting stuff. 

What I love that this book brought to me is a glimpse into what it might feel like to be a refugee, leaving behind your life and home in a hurry, choosing the most important possessions, assessing and withdrawing your money (if you have any) and having little idea how far -and where! - it will take you.

It is books like these that keep me reading.  Reaching for life lessons that I can't obtain on my own.
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" I love this book. The illustrations are fun and true to the Rey style. Adventurously and playfully explains the Rey's escape from persecution in Europe for being Jewish. " said.

" Thanks to Donalyn Miller for this recommendation. A fascinating tale of how Margret and H.A. Rey had to flee Europe during WWII. A great deal of information packed into this book. " said.

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