This innovative book, available in English or German, uses stories based on Basel legends, as well as activities and humorous illustrations, to excite children about Basel’s history and culture. By tracking down some of Basel’s best ghosts and monsters, children engage in a thrilling tour of Basel’s old town. The book will be available in English and German.

I began to truly discover Basel when I taught young children and looked for a way to explain the city, its culture and some of its history in a child-friendly style. When I stumbled on some old legends, I had found the key. Using stories, based in different areas of the city, the children became fascinated and were open to learning more about the city in which they lived. They no longer took the city for granted, and the landmarks triggered stories they never would forget, adding a little magic to their visit.

This 48-page, soft-cover book tells six Basel legends, lovingly illustrated by Jooce Garrett. A short tour follows each story so the kids can follow the stories’ tracks through the old town. We’ve made every effort to make the book not only child-friendly but affordable and fun for adults as well.

We’re asking for support so we can price the book affordably. Your commitment to our project will earn you various rewards and will help us make certain that the book ends up in the hands of as many children as possible.

Picture 2dc47669 2170 4121 9d12 70d246a8c27dPicture c77f9e15 fc66 4960 8835 528054f94859Picture 082303ed 8052 4ea6 afff aa086d470d97Picture eeeb589f 1ea3 4583 af91 f7ff521b2449Picture 5050e4db 9320 40b1 8609 171fbff016c2Picture d4ee86f1 605e 4df4 bf0d 9bae8709f2bcPicture 18d8185d 9b33 486d b8e3 1fcbc8d93a65Picture 6925a396 dc22 47cc 9023 dee21aeb89ebPicture 5d394f5f 68d7 4fc3 a4d8 4897fd3eaa87Picture 872bc0e3 c7eb 4ba9 941a 70a0bfe37932Picture d8f9cb48 9e70 4723 aeba 869f55dc9a4bPicture 50b18bd5 7d2e 48f3 9507 e54de0fb7de6Picture f76fdcf8 25dd 476e 8c74 4a50dead5e67Picture 3cb21772 5ef6 4751 812a 65b2b469eaa7Picture 24b8f44b da32 48f3 ab45 527add81c3e9Picture d3d47ffb b9b2 4969 9178 6d711ce905efPicture 49eab9e0 79ac 44dc b500 d6f4509c3870Picture dc81d250 cdac 4487 bdf5 e55e8b4c6730Picture d63ddd37 582f 43ac b9cb 29e698079e02Picture 8d57d169 0bb4 4a46 9e84 2bf7d3fcf32dPicture 8e65cc99 134a 4ae3 af9f 53af40da8500Picture 0e1c5ea1 ae95 48e1 998c fb1a94a3d62cPicture a41b1ae8 c1f3 457d bfd5 0b95700f175c


Jeanne Darling has worked in education for most of her professional career. Born and educated in the US, she earned a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After moving to Basel in 1991, she served as founding director of the former Tiny Tots (now known as Early Learning Association), Basel’s first multi-cultural all-day English program for young children. From 2004 until her retirement she was a preschool teacher at the International School Basel where she began offering groups of children tours of Basel. She has authored numerous articles and presentations on young children and she continues to offer story times for young children in Basel and Riehen.



Jooce Garrett, a successful London illustrator of the last century with a list of prestigious clients as long as his right arm, has been lured away from his guitar picking and fine art daubs by the exciting prospect of being the designer and illustrator to bring Jeanne’s wonderful stories to life. Jooce lives in Basel, a city he loves, and has recently been accepted as one of its citizens. See more of Jooce Garrett’s work at

Picture 5742490e 1e8a 4cd9 8804 d56bdff77360Picture 4a46864c 7067 4319 b687 c07e8bd6d0e8Picture 57c30a8b 14ac 4dc4 bf26 57ab58cb5b6fPicture eb9e1b23 3ae7 4c73 8b46 acd8e06da5d6Picture 6075e8d8 84f5 4af3 afa3 b75d8b112217


To order the book in German, click over to the German text.