Joseph and Chico: A Cat Tells the Life of Pope Benedict XVI
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Title: Joseph and Chico: A Cat Tells the Life of Pope Benedict XVI
Author: Jeanne Perego (Author), Donata Dal Molin Casagrande
(Illustrator), Monsignor Georg Ganswein (Introduction)
Date Published: March 2008
Price: $12.21 Hardcover
In this beautifully illustrated book for children, Chico the cat
describes the life of his "best friend", Pope Benedict, in this
authorised biography of the Pope for young people approved by the Vatican.
"Dear Children, here you will find a biography that is different than
others because it is told by a cat and it is not every day a cat can
consider the Holy Father his friend and sit down to write his life
story," the Pope's personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, says
in the foreword.
The Pope is known for his fondness of animals, especially cats, and
Joseph and Chico is narrated by Chico, a real cat who took up with the
Pope in his native Germany long before he became the Pope. Chico tells
the story of the life of "my best friend" from his birth in Germany in
1927, through his days as a young man, priest, bishop and cardinal.
With a colorful and sometimes amusing language, the author makes this
funny cat tell us about the life of the young Joseph all the way up to
his election as Pontiff on April 19, 2005. It recounts the Nazi era in
Germany when the Pope was a teenager, calling the war years "one of
the most dramatic and shameful times in the history of man". Later
when he became Cardinal Ratzinger, Chico recounts how each time when
the Cardinal returned to Germany from Rome for a vacation, the cat
would run into his house and sit on his lap as he played the piano.
The lavish color illustrations throughout make this a wonderful gift
book and a cherished keepsake for people of all ages!