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CHF 3,231
pledged of CHF 5,000pledged of CHF 5,000 goal
28
backers
31days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 22 2019 12:24 PM UTC +00:00.

About


This innovative book, which will be available in English or German in October 2019, uses Bern's legends to excite children about the history and culture of one of Switzerland's most beautiful and intriguing cities. 

Bern’s Hidden Stories is co-written by Marie-Thérèse Lauper, Bern’s cathedral's tower warden, and by Jeanne Darling, a teacher and author with a passion for introducing history and culture to children through stories. It is the sequel to Basel’s Hidden Stories which was published in 2017 and now has more than 10,000 copies in print. 

The large format, 48-page soft-cover book will not only be a fond memory of a visit to Bern, but a valuable resource of stories which will continue to fascinate children with every re-telling, even far away from Bern. The beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and maps by Jooce Garrett  will bring children closer to this fascinating medieval old town. 

Your claiming any of these excellent rewards now helps us keep the selling price under 20 Swiss francs so that that the book ends up in the hands of as many children as possible. You not only can receive advance, signed copies of the book, but also rewards that help you experience Bern in new ways—tours, toys, moonlight tower visits and much more.  Thank you for helping us to realize a long-held dream to make Swiss major cities interesting for children and all those who are young-at-heart! 

Advance praise for Bern's Hidden Stories:

'What a great way to discover Switzerland's best city! You don't need to be a kid to enjoy this bear hunt through Bern. I loved it.'

Diccon Bewes, bestselling author of Swisswatching

'Harry Potter move over! This is Bern’s answer. It’s a wonderful book for both kids and adults, with such lovely illustrations. It includes so much information on Bern’s history, presented in such a thrilling way. Children will be fascinated by the stories and absolutely want to investigate the city themselves.'

Zelda Mckillop Weber, Vice-présidente Berne Accueil

'Bern ist eine Stadt voller Geschichte und Geschichten - und nun gibt es ein Büchlein, das allen interessierten Kindern aus Bern und von weit her diese Geschichten näher bringt. Ein wunderbares Geschenk für alle Familien von nah und fern, die in Bern auf Entdeckungsreise gehen möchten - viele „Aha!“-Momente sind garantiert!'

Armand Baeriswyl, Mittelalterarchäologe, Archäologischer Dienst des Kantons Bern

Risks and challenges

This project has taken several years of work to make possible. The authors and illustrator have invested hundreds of hours to make the book as entertaining and accurate as possible. The expenses of translation, high-quality production, and both online and on-the-street marketing can only begin to be repaid if this book is a success. Please help us get the word out!

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    Autographed copy—hot off the presses!

    Get an early, autographed copy of the book in English or in German—mailed directly to you.

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    Book + free pass to Bern cathedral tower

    In addition to an autographed copy of the book, you receive a free pass to visit the Bern Cathedral Tower where you will collect a special Bern treat: a famous Bernese cookie called Glatz Bear.

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    Book and hand-crocheted bear

    After you've read the stories, your child can cuddle up with their own bear. Your receive an autographed book and a hand-crocheted bear made by the author.

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    Book and Full-Moon Apéro

    Receive an autographed copy of the book and a voucher to attend one of Bern Cathdral's special monthly treats: a tour of the tower followed by an Apéro at the top of the tower on the night of the full moon.

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    Personalized sketch by the illustrator.

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    Packet of signed books.

    Take your children and their friends around Bern - great birthday treat and give them each their own book. Or stock up on birthday presents that are truly different. A packet of 10 signed books in either English or German

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    Story Time and 10 books

    Need a rousing Story Time for a birthday part or for your classroom (great for English learners or as an introduction to Bern)? Jeanne Darling, author and experienced story teller, will offer a 45-minutes English story time and bring ten copies of the English or German book. Limited to English and in Basel.

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    Tour of Bern

    Organize a group of friends for an exciting walk through Bern's old town with Marie-Therese Lauper as your tour guide. The tour is available German only and can include up to 12 participants. You also receive 12 copies of the signed book, in either English or German.

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    Display your logo in the book

    This offer is available for a limited time only! Your company logo will be displayed, with our acknowledgement of your generous support, inside every copy printed, in every language edition—forever! Projected initial print run is 3000 copies in each language. This is an easy way to publicize your business or organization to the Bern community and beyond. Available only if booked before August 22, 2019.

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