“Oh,” she said. “So like Curious George.”
Ummm … okay, sure. I’m assuming she’s comparing me to Curious George because he’s always getting into something, and his adventures vary in every story. I’ll take that as a compliment.
Anyway, it reminded me of an Associated Press story that was posted Dec. 26 about George’s wartime escape. According to the story, while the famous monkey is known for mischief, he helped his creators escape the Nazi invasion, and there is now an exhibit about the escape in New Hampshire.
From the article:
“Margret and H.A. Rey are the husband-and-wife team behind the famous children’s books. They fled Paris in June 1940, two days before German troops marched into the city. Both German Jews, they rode bikes for several days and then traveled by train through Spain and Portugal before boarding a boat to the United States.
The Reys later built a summer cottage in Waterville Valley, N.H., where an exhibit about their escape is on display at a center dedicated to the couple’s legacy. Based on a 2005 book, it describes how they were allowed to continue their journey after showing their Curious George manuscript to suspicious officials.”
The 2005 book mentioned above is “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey” (Houghton Mifflin). It’s written for readers age 9 to 12, but I’m considering checking it out because I’m always interested to learn the back story of a favorite character or book.