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The difference between a world with Curious George and a world without that mischievous little monkey can be measured by the length of two bicycles. In June of 1940, Margret and H.A. Rey were living in Paris. The German army was on the doorstep, and the future looked grim for the Jewish couple. H.A. Rey quickly procured a pair of bikes, and the two pedaled out of there a few hours before the Germans conquered the city. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was a manuscript for a story about a monkey with a knack for trouble. Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France, the new exhibit at Chesterfield Arts (444 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-519-1955 or www.chesterfieldarts.org), features 27 prints by Allan Drummond that document the Rey's five-month journey that eventually brought them to America. The exhibition is based on the book The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime of Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, which was also illustrated by Drummond. Wartime Escape opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12. The show remains up through Friday, August 2, and the gallery is open Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: July 5. Continues through Aug. 2, 2013

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