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This Is Prague: A Worthy Addition to Any Bookshelf

Published on August 25th, 2016 in Shopping

  • This is Prague (photo courtesy of www.baobab-books.net/)

  • This is Prague (photo courtesy of www.baobab-books.net/)

  • This is Prague (photo courtesy of www.baobab-books.net/)

  • This is Prague (photo courtesy of www.baobab-books.net/)

  • This is Prague (photo courtesy of www.baobab-books.net/)

 

In that past I have covered the Baobab bookstore in Prague’s Vršovice district, a tiny off-the-beaten path shop that is the flagship of the Czech publisher of the same name.

 

While there are just a small number of English-language titles available here, I recently stopped into the shop and was introduced to one of their most recent, most delightful releases, This Is Prague.

 

Released last year, it is a tribute to and continuation of the “This Is...” series of travel books for children by Czech emigre painter and illustrator Miroslav Šašek.

 

Published in the 1960s, many of us grew up reading these books (among them This Is New York, This Is Paris, This Is Rome), though I’m not so sure everyone realizes that he’s Czech!

 

 

  

This is New York, This is Paris, and This is Rome (photos courtesy of amazon.com)

 

The new version is authored by Olga Černá and illustrated by Michaela Kukovičová with English translation by Irish poet Justin Quinn.

 

It is a deliciously illustrated book that covers some true Prague gems: the bridges, islands, observatories, and parks that are not your standard guide book fare.

 

Explore Libeňský Island and Zizkov Tower while getting a history lesson on the important moments in Prague history (including Sir Nicholas Winton’s heroic transport of Jewish Czech children), glimpse historic pubs and other landmarks, and read Czech myths and legends, both ancient and modern.

 

I recently wrote about my favorite new Prague guide books but felt like this one was special enough to merit its own post. While you will definitely discover some great Prague tips in this book, it is much more than a guide book—it is a wonderful keepsake of your visit to the Czech capital.

 

But don’t take my word for it, the book received an Honorable Mention among hundreds of entries from around the world at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this year.

 

 

Buy it from most Prague booksellers for 269 CZK. It is also available from the Baobab flagship and Page 5 an indie book store in Prague 7.

 

 

 

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