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Bambinelli Sunday : A Christmas Blessing
by Amy Welborn and Ann Kissane Engelhart


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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More About Bambinelli Sunday by Amy Welborn; Ann Kissane Engelhart
 
 
 
Overview
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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781616366490
  • ISBN-10: 1616366494
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Christian - Holidays & Celebrations
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Europe

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Young Alessandro loves his grandfather, but he wonders when he’ll see his parents again (they are abroad looking for work) in the compelling start to Welborn’s (Wish You Were Here) Christmas story. Set in Naples and Rome, the tale describes Alessandro’s and his grandfather’s journey to bring a tiny clay “bambino”—an infant Jesus—to receive the Pope’s blessing on the third Sunday of Advent. Engelhart’s watercolor illustrations in soft primary colors depict daily life in contemporary Italy in vivid detail. After a careful setup, the story concludes a bit too quickly, although the ending satisfies. Ages 7–10. (Aug.)

 
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