Tessa McMillan


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Louise Borden, Allan Drummond, Curious George, Biography, Jewish Refugees

Document Type

Book Review


Many years ago, two Jewish artists from Germany met in Brazil, started a business, fell in love, and got married. The Brazilians could not pronounce their German names, so the couple shortened them to H.A. and Margret Rey. While honeymooning in Europe, the Reys decided to stay in Paris so H.A. could pursue a career as a children's book author and illustrator. During this time, H.A. started developing stories about a curious little monkey, influenced by the many monkeys he saw in Brazil. But Hitler's forces delayed H.A.'s plans for the little monkey until he and Margret could safely escape Europe.