Today in History: Remembering Margret Rey
And, of course, there’s Pretzel, the longest daschund in all the world, and winner of the blue ribbon at the dog show. “All the dogs admired him. All the people admired him. Only Greta didn’t …” ah, the vivid memories of pre-kindergarten come to life, as puppy love takes center stage! All the children admire the book. All the teachers, too. Ears attune, not a wiggle of movement, as a little girl, who loves dogs (and cats equally), stands bravely in front of her classmates and perfectly sounds out the words — clear as crystal on a winter morning — earning her the red ribbon.
Margret Rey (born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein), wife of Hans A. Rey and co-creator of the “Curious George” children’s books, died on December 21, 1996 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rey was a Bauhaus-educated photographer and journalist of German Jewish descent. She and her husband were childhood acquaintances, both born in Hamburg, and they left Nazi Germany where they met up fortuitously in Brazil. They married and worked together in Paris — only to escape on bicycles, carrying their precious animal illustrations. The Reys pursued a new life in the United States, where they became beloved authors and illustrators whose work has been translated into multiple languages and continues to be read throughout the world.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Kaye, E. (1976, Jan 18). The Reys Write About Monkey Business. Boston Globe (1960-1985)
- Slung, M. (1984, Apr 08). Book Report. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Collins, G. (1984, Mar 18). Curious George the World’s Most Famous Monkey. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Gaffney, D. (1988, May 31). Curious George: Hits 50. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- ‘Curious George’ Hits Stage. (1996, Mar 01). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Williams, K. (1996, May 23). She Wrote from the Heart and Touched the Child in All of Us. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Great Books for Young and Old: Creating Curious George. (1996, Jul 28). The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- ‘Curious George’ Author Margret Rey Dies. (1996, Dec 24). The Washington Post
- Kids: Read All About It: “Curious George” Author Dies; the Mischief Lives On. (1997, Jan 04). The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Carden, K. (2000, Sep 07). By George, a Curious World Traveler! The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
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