Child in the Tower (Das Kind vom Turm)
a Swiss children's story by the famous bernese author and songwriter Roland Zoss (ABC-App Xenegugeli, Jimmy-Flitz Swiss mouse)
Illustrated by Brigit Hermann
poetic tale from the medieval city of Berne - Swiss Capital and World
Cultural Heritage. Written
by Roland Zoss, award winning Swiss author and
evocatively illustrated by Brigit Herrmann, whose subtle imagery stirs the soul.
the heart of Europe lies a small country; in the middle of the country is a small
town. And in the middle of the town stands the tower. Sometimes all you can see of the town is the tip of the spire peeping out of the
fog, and in the distance the pink snow-capped mountains.
Here Lucy lives in the
sky, high above the roofs. Tourists tell her about the wonders of the world. Lucy
is happy. She is the first to wake up. The rays of the sun are shining directly
onto her bed. She lives in the sky with a wonderful view over the city. When the
wind blows from the south the warm air brings the Alps almost within reach of
your fingertips: the Eiger, the Münch, and the Jungfrau are so close, that
you feel you could touch them and smell the snow."
Sometimes Lucy wishes
she had a brother, or a father, who would rock her. Fortunately there is Jimmy-Flitz,
the church mouse. The most famous singing mouse of Switzerland, called the Swiss mouse.
He looks so terribly poor and so ugly with his buckteeth, like
a worn-out toothbrush. And what a cheeky one he is! What a gift of the gab he
has - sharp as razor blades. Oh yeah, the pigeon and the church mouse are Lucy’s
best friends. When the evening comes in the town, an old man looks up - is there
a light in the tower? Lucy is already asleep. The whole city is asleep. Even the bears in the bear pit. The pigeons are huddled
in their cosy nests under the church roof. In the sky you can see the Great Bear
wandering on his way and four little friends travelling Switzerland...
Listen to some music of the man with the mouse…
in the Tower, 32 pages, © Roland Zoss 1994, CHF 29. / € 19.– ISBN 3-95654-973-0.
|© 1994 German text by Roland Zoss, illustrations
by Brigit Hermann.
Translated into English by Simon D. Hicks.
Editor: Markus F. Rubli, Licorne-Edition, Ryf 54, CH-3280 Murten/Switzerland
Tel: ØØ41 Ø26 670 21 50
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Roland Zoss on stage in 2009
The author, poet, and songwriter, Roland Zoss was awarded the
Bernese literary award for his first novel, Island beyond
the Moon in 1993.
The singer represents the great diversity of his small contry on Putumayo world music albums.
His mouse JimmyFlitz became a SWISS stamp in 2010.
Download of songs
by Roland Zoss
favorite things are:
Going for a walk eating an apple. Playing
soccer. Cuddling. Cultivating mimosa trees from Australian
seeds. Planting trees. Eating chocolate. Observing whales. Playing the guitar and inventing stories
and songs for children. Writing and basking in the sun on his
North of the Swiss Alps he fights against the cold in
You are invited to visit Roland's German language page:
"Das Kind vom Turm",
or listen to his musics
The Illustrator: Brigit Herrmann received the "World Graphic
Award" in 1993 for her works.
favorite things are: Drinking tea. Getting along with people.
Being with people with whom she could go to the end of the
Walking towards the full moon. Running barefoot through a
summer thunderstorm. Smelling damp moss. Slipping back into
her warm childhood soul.