Curious George Saves the Day!

I went to see "Curious George Saves the Day!" yesterday at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. I have never been a huge fan of the rascally little monkey, but we had a few of  the Ray's books on our bookshelf when I was growing up. Well, I have new respect for the couple that made them now.
What an amazing life story! George is really a reflection of their lives in many ways. H.A. and Margret Ray were German Jews born in Hamburg. They lived in Paris at the onset of World War II, and made an exciting escape on bicycles a few days before the Nazis invaded. Their bike journey all the way to the south of France is mapped out on the wall of the museum, and a case full of ephemera from the trip, Hans' diaries, daily planners, grocery lists, descriptions of where they slept each night, their passports, etc, are all on display. I was struck by the positive outlook and sense of adventure that permeated their story, during such a panicky, fearful time. They eventually ended up in New York, where they lived for the next 23 years, producing many picture books, often with the theme of a narrow escape and dangerous adventures.
The exhibit is up through mid-March. Check it out.


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