Fri­day Night With the Pope

Jacques Shore; Amalia Hoff­man, ill­lus.
  • Review
By – November 11, 2011

This is a love­ly pic­ture book for bridg­ing under­stand­ing between Jews and Catholics. 

It is based on a true sto­ry about Pope John Paul II, as told through the eyes of a young boy named Jacob. Pope John Paul II invites Jacob and his moth­er to Shab­bat din­ner at the Vat­i­can. On the way, Jacob’s moth­er shares sto­ries about the Pope, who was her child­hood friend back in Poland. She proud­ly tells Jacob about the Pope’s good will toward the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty. When they arrive at the Vat­i­can, Jacob and his moth­er are kind­ly wel­comed by Pope John Paul II. The Pope appears well versed in the cel­e­bra­tion of Shab­bat and the friends enjoy a love­ly meal, includ­ing prayers over wine and bread. Based on the true sto­ry of the author and his fam­i­ly, this book is heart warm­ing and touch­ing. The Pope’s words and actions clear­ly inspire young Jacob. The soft, pas­tel col­ored illus­tra­tions add to the gen­tle appeal of the sto­ry. For ages 6 – 10

Bar­bara Bietz is a free­lance writer and children’s book review­er. She is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee. Bar­bara is the author of the mid­dle grade book, Like a Mac­cabee. She has a blog ded­i­cat­ed to Jew­ish books for chil­dren at www​.Bar​baraB​Book​Blog​.Blogspot​.com.

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