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Mrs. Shore hosts Third Review Club

Mrs. Shore hosts Third Review Club

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:01 pm

The Third Review Club met recently in the home of Bernice Shore.
The meeting was called to order by president Mary Dunavant.
Kate Jones read the Thought for the Day — “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love, to smile,” by Marcus Aurelius.
The minutes of the September meeting were read by Pat Kasnow. Lenora Stephenson gave the sunshine report.
Mrs. Dunavant called the roll with each answering by naming her favorite vacation spot. Fifteen members were present.
A short business meeting was presented with old and new business being discussed and passed.
Lindy Dunavant told that the November meeting will be held in the home of Mrs. Stephenson, as hostess, and Peggy Drerup presenting the program.
The meeting was adjourned.
Elise Falkoff presented the program on the book “The Journey That Saved Curious George, The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey,” by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allen Drummond.
Hans Augusto “H.A.” Rey worked with his wife, Margret Rey, as authors and illustrators of children’s books. They were best known for their Curious George series.
Mrs. Falkoff said the two lived in Paris when the Germans occupied it until its liberation on Aug. 25, 1944. The Reys moved to the United States in October 1940 after packing up their belongings, including publishing contracts and correspondences. There belongings arrived nine months later. No one knows how their luggage was shipped from France.
They lived for the next 23 years in New York City, where they lived modest lives surrounded by books and their pet cocker spaniels. In November 1940, they were offered a four-book contract which included the manuscripts “The Adventures of Fifi,” eventually retitled “Curious George;” “Raffy and the 9 Monkeys,” retitled Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys;” and two left-the-flag books, “How Do You Get There?” and “Anybody at Home?” All of these manuscripts had been by the Reys when they biked out of Paris.
“Curious George” was published in the fall of 1941. It has sold more than 27 million copies and has been translated into more than 14 languages.
The Reys became United States citizens on April 8, 1946. He died in 1977 and she died in 1996.
After Mrs. Falkoff’s presentation, the members were served peach delight pie and coffee.

Published in The Messenger 10.26.11

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