Information about my newest book is here!
Alessandro is staying with his grandparents, who run a small shop that sells figures for the presepe (Nativity scene), while his parents look for work in another country. To help with the boy’s loneliness, his grandfather encourages Alessandro to make his own figure of the baby Jesus. They will bring that figure to Rome in two weeks to have it blessed by the Holy Father on Bambinelli Sunday. Through the events that occur in the time leading up to receiving the blessing in St. Peter's Square, Alessandro comes to see his world in a new way, and receives the best surprise of all in the end.
This book for children ages 7-10 tells a wonderful story about sharing, comfort, generosity, and forgiveness through the lens of a long-standing Italian tradition. The beautiful illustrations and timeless story make this a treasure Advent and Christmas resource for generations to come.
(It's really for ages 5-8...)
I've forgotten to mention that the "new" book is out - not exactly new, since it's US edition of a book originally published in the UK.
It's Be Saints! An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI. Originally published by the Catholic Truth Society, it is now available through Ignatius Press in the US and Canada. Ann Kissane Engelhart created the paintings to accompany excerpts from Pope Benedict's talk to youth at the "Big Assembly" during his visit to England in 2010. Here's the Ignatius Press page for the book. And you can purchase it through any Catholic bookseller (I hope) - here's the link for Aquinas and More.
Other recent books:
Friendship With Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI Talks to Children on Their First Holy Communion is based on a dialogue in St. Peter's Square that took place in 2006.
Artist Ann Engelhart thought the dialogue would make a wonderful children's book and asked me to help edit it and get it published. It was first published in England by the Catholic Truth Society in 2010 and then picked up by Ignatius Press in 2011.
Ignatius Press has recently published another book illustrated by Ann and edited by me, based on another dialogue - the Holy Father's "Big Assembly" with schoolchildren in England in September 2010. It's called Be Saints! An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI.
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