When I was a classroom teacher, The Journey that Saved Curious George was one of my favorite books to read with my students each year.
It didn’t necessarily have anything to do with our curriculum, but many of them enjoyed the Curious George books in our school and classroom library, so I thought they would enjoy learning more about their favorite little monkey – and they always did.
Now as a homeschooling mom, Curious George continues to be part of my life.
Over the last several years, my kids have loved reading the books, watching the shows and movies, and learning the history behind this this well-loved character.
Diving into the lives of Margaret and H.A. Rey (the creators of Curious George) has given my kids an interest in exploring characters and stories that go beyond George and The Man with the Yellow Hat.
Pretzel, Cecily G., Katy No-Pocket – we’ve enjoyed all of these, and would love to get our hands on Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World.
Second-hand shopping has allowed us to build quite the collection of Curious George books.
Want to dive into a Curious George History Lesson with your kids?
- Read The Journey that Saved Curious George
- Watch Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators – There is a bit of language in this, so you may choose to use a guardian of some kind on your device.
- Work some Curious George Puzzles (These Mad Libs are fun, too!)
- Read lots and lots of Margaret and H.A. Rey stories – enjoying the sweet illustrations along the way.
Maybe make a week or two of this whole dive into the history of Curious George!
- Have siblings read stories to each other.
- Serve bananas while you read aloud – or pancakes. George likes pancakes, too!
- Visit some of the places he likes to go – the movie theater, the ice cream shop, or the zoo.
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 among their few possessions.
Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.
Follow the Reys’ amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.– Amazon Review