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

by Louise Borden and Allan Drummond

This young reader's edition of the dramatic story about the WWII escape of Margret and H.A. Rey features a new introduction and extended backmatter by the author, republished at a new trim size for chapter book readers.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544800335
  • ISBN-10: 0544800338
  • Pages: 96
  • Publication Date: 09/06/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book
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, including what would become the international sensation Curious George, among their few possessions. 


Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Her collection of archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond's dramatic and colorful artwork illustrates their wartime trek to a new home. 


Now elementary school readers can follow the Rey’s amazing journey in this Young Reader's Edtion. Part travel journal, part gripping biography this volume includes full-color illustrations, original photos, ticket stubs, entries from Hans Rey's diaries, activities, an new afterword, and an interview with the author. The perfect selection for book reports, biography units, and Curious George fans of all ages.


About the author
Louise Borden

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

Allan Drummond

Allan Drummond is the illustrator of many children's books, including The Journey that Saved Curious George. He studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and has lived and worked in France and the


"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