We’ve all used a guidebook while travelling at some point of our lives. Even though they’re meant to be informative and educational, in some cases, getting swamped with a large amount of historical facts about a certain place – often in a very small print and with narrow margins – can be a bit frustrating if you just want to learn the basics and enjoy your trip. Wouldn’t it be better to have your facts accompanied by some colourful illustrations? We all have an inner child, and mine was pretty happy to find out that the Town of Krk published an educational picture book for kids to make learning about the local history and culture more fun.
The book is titled ‘Đir po Krku’ (Croatian for ‘a stroll around Krk’) and was first published in 2014; the first edition was handed out to all school children in Krk town. Feedback was so good, the Centre for Culture of the Town of Krk decided to send another edition to print, but this time, make it approachable for a wider audience. Since the end of August, the endearing book is available in four languages: Croatian, English, German and Italian, making for a perfect souvenir and a great learning tool for the youngest tourists.
As Krk island boasts a very impressive history and a fascinating range of cultural heritage, the picture book opens with the time period when first settlements were founded on the island, followed by 3000 years of urban development. The central part of the story is dedicated to Frankopan family, a noble dynasty that ruled in these parts for hundreds of years, that decided for Krk to be their first island stronghold.
The picture book will take the readers on a proverbial stroll around Krk town in 20 clearly defined sections dedicated to the most distinguished sites in town, including churches, monasteries, palaces and squares. It aims to introduce young readers to the rich history of Krk, along with its cultural and traditional heritage, all the while emphasizing the importance of the Frankopan family that left a significant mark and helped entice the town’s progress. It’s a great example of an educational book that can teach children about local history in a fun, attractive way, helping them grow into responsible people who will appreciate the priceless heritage on the island.
The book can be purchased at a price of 40 kuna in Croatian and 50 kuna in other languages in the Decumanus Gallery in Krk. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 and again in the evening from 19:00 to 21:00. Kids will love it, but adults will surely find it hard to resist as well. Who doesn’t love picture books?
You can contact the Centre for Culture for help or any additional information by sending an email to [email protected], or by phone at 051 220 041.