It follows the life of the husband and wife author team Margret and H.A. Rey who wrote and illustrated the George books. Did you know that George was originally named Fifi? I had no idea that the authors had pet monkeys themselves for a time! Or that they were Jewish. Or that they escaped the Nazi invasion of Paris by just hours on bicycles that they made themselves. All they took with them were the clothes on their backs and their George manuscripts in their bicycle baskets!
By the end of the book I realized that my husband and I had most likely walked by the Rey's hotel residence (which is still there today in Montemarte) during our Paris trip. Oh how I wish I had known at the time and taken a picture of it!
Looking back and remembering this beautiful neighborhood with it's hundreds of artists in berets painting on the streets, it is hard to imagine two Jewish authors pedaling for their lives on homemade bicycles with sketches of George in their bicycle baskets. Millions of children would have never have met Geroge had the Rey's not made it out of Paris that day. It is sobering to think of all the people with their incredible talents and gifts that were snuffed out by the Nazi's during that time.