Okay, maybe not for everyone, but for me? I don’t shop or get gas on Sundays (barring an emergency), so I had to make sure I was ready today (assuming I am), and this year that’s been a struggle! That being the case, you get a short review of a short book, because hey, it’s sort of Christmas Eve, in a ‘Christmas Eve is two days long’ this year kind of a way.
I picked up The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey because Louise Borden writes excellent historical fiction and non-fiction, often about WWII–AND because hey, Curious George. (We’re big George fans at our house.) I was also thrilled at the prospect of my third grader being able to use it for her general non-fiction genre report, which is now done (Hallelujah!). All that aside, however, it’s just plain interesting. Although essentially an easy chapter book, there’s an impressive amount of information in this one. Who knew that H.A. and Margret Rey were German Jews turned Brazilian citizens living in Paris when Germany invaded France? I’m sure plenty of people did, but I didn’t. Borden writes simply enough that my 8-year-old wasn’t bothered by the language, and Allan Drummond’s illustrations only add to the appeal. If you are George fans, or non-fiction fans, or simply like an interesting-and-true-story, try this one.
And now, on to Christmas!