The authors of those Curious George stories, as well as numerous other children’s stories, are Hans and Margaret Rey, who escaped German occupied France in 1940 in order to come to America. The Journey That Saved Curious George is the children’s book that tells their story.
To get to the train that would take them out of France, the Reys rode bicycles out of Paris for many miles. In fact, since bicycles were sold out, Hanse had to put together their bikes from parts at a bicycle shop. While most of their travels were by train and ship, those bikes were an essential part of their escape from certain persecution as Jews who were originally from Germany.
The book is an easy read with plenty of pictures. I enjoyed it. It’s one your children will enjoy reading, too. They need to know it’s a true story and that such things really do happen in our world. Though it happened decades ago, it’s a good idea to plant seeds in young—or older—minds, in case one day circumstances make flight a necessity for survival.
To order your own copy of The Journey That Saved Curious George, click on its title where you see it linked in this post. That will open a new window to the page where it’s featured. Place your order there.
You don’t have to be a child to appreciate what it took to save Curious George. You simply have to ask yourself what you would do if you had to run. And then be willing to take any available option.