Today in History: Remembering Margret Rey

| December 21, 2016

161219_news_219x365And, 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.

Tip: slide design-Remembering Margret Rey

Check out records for the papers of Margret and Hans Augusto Rey in ArchiveGrid, the public interface for searching archives documented in WorldCat.

Happen to see Curious George Saves the Day at the Jewish Museum in New York a few years back? Check out the gallery, listen to audio, and add your comments below in remembrance of Margret Rey!


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