First Books (ages 3-8)Series
Gülümseten Öyküler Dizisi

Geçmişe Tırmanan Merdiven
The Stairs Leading to the Past

Behiç Ak

Editor: Müren Beykan

The story of a child who’s trying to discover what it is like being a writer living  in a old mansion by the Bosporus!

Behiç Ak, master author of humorous children stories is once again telling a neighbourhood story in this 10th book of his “Cheerful Stories” collection loved by all the children.

Behiç Ak who narrates universal subjects with his colorful cartoons and humoristic language is inviting his readers to a neighborhood story by the Bosphorus in this 10th and last book of his “Cheerful Stories” collection which is very much loved by the children. The story that dwells on the importance of understanding and perceiving life from different points of view, points out the fact that careful observation can sometimes be more meaningful than actual experience. The value of observing life from a different points of view is glorified by the fact that Doğaç, who likes to spend time on trees or on the boats sailing alongside the Bosphorus , is able to discover the past as well as realizing his ideals.


One day, a writer moves in a historical Bosporus mansion in the garden of which children used to play. The whole neighbourhood is curious to know how this writer is able to survive without going out of the old mansion anytime. How can a writer be so rich? How many servants work in the house? Why doesn’t he stop by the barber or the coffee house of the neighbourhood? The only one who dares to discover the secret is young Doğaç. As he climbs the stairs of the old mansion, he starts to discover the mysteries of not only the writer but also what it is like being a writer.

Behiç Ak

Behiç Ak

He was born in Samsun and studied architecture at Yıldız Technical University and İstanbul Technical University. He’s a well-known cartoonist, author, illustrator, and documentary film director. Since 1982 he’s been drawing the cartoon strip “Kim Kime Dum Duma” that criticizes daily life. His cartoons were exhibited in several countries like Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Besides his plays Ayrılık and Bina, his two other plays Fay Hattı and Tek Kişilik Şehir were staged in Europe and attracted big interest. The documentary film he produced and directed in 1994, Türk […]
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92 pages
130x195 mm
1st edition: 2012
28th edition: 2023
ISBN: 978-605-4603-25-1
Barcode: 978 605 4603 251


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