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Monday, June 29, 2015

Curious George Part II

On Thursday, I shared an old Curious George video from 30 years ago. Today, I want to alert you to the fact that we have, right here in the state of New Hampshire, the Margret and H.A. Rey Center and Curious George Cottage.
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their pursuits live on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults and families.

The lives of Margret and H.A. Rey were filled with continued learning and community service. The Reys were active in writing and illustration; astronomy; natural history; photography; environmental action (including calls for renewable energy); concern for animals; the simple joys of gardening, walking and bicycle-riding; and, of course, children's experiential learning. These life pursuits of the Reys form the basis Rey Center programs. This mixture of art and science, the physical and intellectual, young and old, and ever-present curiosity, is the foundation for a multi-generational center for learning and exploration.
If you don't get to travel to Waterville Valley to the Rey Center, you can still have some Curious George fun by visiting CuriousGeorge.com. You'll find stories, videos, games, and activities to keep the kids occupied for hours.

Adults interested in Curious George can visit The Jewish Museum's exhibit, "Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey." The exhibition, originally shown five years ago, has been made available online.
Nearly 80 original drawings for Margret and H. A. Rey’s children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe are on view.
Read the amazing story of the Reys' escape in The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden [J 920 BOR].

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