There’s a new blog that children’s lit readers & Curious George fans will want to explore. Â Titled All Things Rey (an homage to the great All Things Thurl website, perhaps?), it features posts devoted to H.A. and Margret Rey. Â It launched on Nov. 2 2011 with a post on H.A., at a New Hampshire swimming pool, doing pitch-perfect imitations of animals. Â Other posts have focused on the original spelling of “Rey,”Â the Reys’ arrival in New York in 1940, and their Greenwich Village apartment. Â Ann Mulloy Ashmore, the blog’s creator, promises more “fascinating anecdotes and details about” the Reys, derived from her work on them both now and as a staff member of the de Grummond Collection who helped catalog the Reys’ papers when they arrived in 1999.
Not incidentally, Ashmore also has published a really good piece on the Reys:Â “FromÂ ElizabiteÂ toÂ Spotty: The Reys, Race and Consciousness Raising,” inÂ Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.4Â (Winter 2010), pp.357-372. Â If you or your university library subscribes to ProjectMuse, you can read the article gratis.
Here’s hoping these blog posts become a book!