Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing

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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 ...
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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
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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Amy Welborn's Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing is surely destined to become a classic. Combining compelling prose, a gripping plot, and artwork so lovely you'll want to hang it in your home, Amy's story is one you'll want to share with your family time and again. Bambinelli Sunday deserves to be enjoyed all year long.

—Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

This charming story, delightfully illustrated, introduces readers to a wonderful Italian tradition that takes place on the Third Sunday of Advent—when children from around the world gather in the piazza of St. Peter’s to present their Baby Jesus to the Pope for his special blessing. Amy Welborn’s beautiful story has inspired me to begin a new Christmas tradition in my own home!

—Elizabeth Ficocelli, author of The Imitation of Christ for Children

Bambinelli Sunday tells a Christmas tale of a lonely little boy who finds joy in his familty and in sharing the baby Jesus with others. Beautifully illustrated scenes of water-colored Italian streets will keep the attention of little readers, and the Christian lesson is appropriate for all ages.

— Regina Lordan, Inland Register

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616366490
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 147,441
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Amy Welborn is the author of many books on spirituality, catechesis and apologetics. She has been published in The New York Times, First Things and Commonweal. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith quarterly devotional. Her books for children include The Loyola Kids' Book of Saints, Friendship with Jesus, Be Saints! and A Child's Book of Psalms. Her most recent book is the memoir, Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope.

Ann Kissane Engelhart is a watercolor artist, illustrator and educator. She has worked with Amy Welborn to produce the children's books, Friendship with Jesus and Be Saints!, and The Dirt Maker with author Linda Krisch. Her portraits, still-life and landscape paintings are featured in galleries and private collections. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

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