Did you know that in the original draft for the story, the monkey was named Fifi? Curious Fifi?? It's hard to imagine the little monkey that we all know and love with any other name than Curious George! Did you know that the Reys fled from Paris on bicycles before Hitler took power? Read all about the fascinating paths that the Reys took to get to New York so that they could write, illustrate, and publish the beloved Curious George books. The Reys originated in Germany, left for Brazil before Hitler took power of Germany, and then lived in France for four years before they fled from Paris on bicycles in June of 1940. They took their sketches and story ideas with them on their bicycles and narrowly missed the Nazi occupation of Paris by just a few days. The Reys then took a train to the south of France, Spain, Portugal, and eventually a ship to America and safety.
H.A. kept detailed records in a pocket calendar of places they traveled to, their expenses and notes of what they were working on. The book is filled with visuals such as maps, travel journals, diaries, photographs, etc., which bring the story to life.
This Young Readers version of The Journey that Saved Curious George contains an interview with the author, Louise Borden and activities in the back of the book perfect for young readers such as making a timeline, a map, and some detective work where they can feel like they are assisting in the research of the book.