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Max & Benedict: A Bird's Eye View of the Pope's Daily Life by Jeanee Perego
This lovely book for children (of all ages!) is a sequel to Joseph and Chico, the international best-seller that told the story of the life of Pope Benedict XVI from his youth through his election as the Pope. With the same award-winning author and illustrator, this book is aimed at children but in a way that even adults will enjoy. It takes up the story of Benedict XVI's new life as the Pope.
The narrator of this book is a blue rock-thrush that spends most of his time on the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica and in the Vatican gardens. This particular bird's name is Max, and from his solitary perch, he observes everything in the vicinity. He is fascinated by one human in particular: the Pope. Max tells readers what the Pope does on a typical day, as well as about special moments in his life, such as his vacations and apostolic trips. The book provides a delicate portrait of the Holy Father's many responsibilities, and it helps us understand the Pope Benedict's important obligations that he always strives to carry out with love, faith, and dedication.