Peter Sís Three Golden Keys
Peter Sís recovers the wonder of his lost childhood in Prague and celebrates the wonderful cultural heritage of the city, reborn after forty-five years of communist rule.
He is an American illustrator of Czech origin and writer of children’s books. As a cartoonist his editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire and The Atlantic Monthly. He received the award Hans Christian Andersen in 2012.
Once upon a time in the library
For all the children of the world
It was in the heart of the city, in a palace called Brera. It was a very grand library, founded by the Empress Maria Teresa many many years ago. The library was full of treasures: rare books, precious manuscripts, letters, maps and drawings. It was a very important library for scholars, students and the whole city. But then a dark cloud of illness came over the country, and all the schools, museums, theatres and even libraries had to close their doors. It was a very bleak time, and everyone had to stay at home, lonely, worried, and even a little frightened. But just as manuscripts don’t burn, libraries don’t stop, even when the doors are closed. So this library decided that if people could not come to the library, the library would go to them. It thought of all the children stuck at home unable to go to school, and started to read.
James M. Bradburne, genral director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense and the Pinacoteca di Brera