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Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat Hardcover – Mar 2008


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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586172522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172527
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 21.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chico the cat vividly describes the life of his "best friend," Pope Benedict XVI, recounting events in the life of Joseph Ratzinger, from the Nazi era in Germany when the Pope was a teenager all the way up to his election as Pontiff on April 19, 2005.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Mama on 9 Jun 2008
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I have been sharing this book with my 4 year old and his baby sister, who is 1. It is a lovely book to read aloud, although it is true to say it can be a bit wordy, and may be something to read in two sittings if your children are not as bookish as mine. The pictures are lovely and evocative, and if you or your little ones like cats and don't find animals "writing" a bit twee then you will love the way the book works. It is mainly about Pope Benedict's childhood and comes to a halt pretty quickly as soon as he goes to the Vatican, so it doesn't have much on his later life at all, but that is probably right for this age group. It is written with so much love for His Holiness and the Church, and that is the most important thing for our family. I'm sure any Catholic family could find a space on their shelves for this super picture book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bean Cosnochta on 4 July 2008
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I got this book after my sister saw the Italian version in the Vatican and read it myself, even though I don't have children. I think that the pictures are lovely but it sounds like a nice story too. Since children hear cats "talking" in films and cartoons (Garfield??) maybe they would see this story is just another example of a cat letting people know how they see things.
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This is a simply told story of the life of Pope Benedict XVI, Jozef Ratzinger, andits ordinaryness brings him down to a level children can understand. Every great man or woman was a child once. Well told and presented.
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This is a very interesting book - ideal for a youngster in a Catholic family.
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By Candilio on 23 Sep 2014
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This is a delightful book. I would thoroughly recommend it!
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