An elegant depiction of an inspirational text
Known fondly as "The Good Pope," John XXIII was recently canonized as a saint, and his daily Decalogue continues to be a source of inspiration and comfort for people the world over. In this lovely picture book, graceful illustrations connect the text to everyday life, showing how the statements apply to school, family, and friendships.
The pairing of Saint John XXIII's cherished words and Bimba Landmann's symbolic artwork instills readers of all ages with a sense of peace while they savor each page. This charming book provides the perfect reminder of how to make the most of every day.
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"Landmann has made a near-magical series of images illustrating [Pope John XXIII's] prayer. . . . Plenty of wisdom here for older children and adults of many faiths."
Wall Street Journal
"From childhood, the man who would become Pope John XXIII (1958–63) vowed to live with kindness, simplicity and humility. This ambition gave rise to his daily dedication, or Decalogue, which begins: `Just for today, I will try to live for this day alone, without wishing to solve my life's problems all at once.' Italian artist Bimba Landmann has paired his words with dreamlike, allegorical paintings of a young man in a city of turrets and towers."
CatholicHotDish.com (Bob Zyskowski)
"Meshes the words of the late Pope John XXIII with the imaginative artistry of illustrator Bimba Landmann in a children's book that will stir the soul and energize people of faith of any age. . . . Another fine edition from the Eerdmans Book for Young Readers collection."
Booklist (Starred Review)
"Invites children to think about their own lives and give them pointers and signposts. . . . Landmann does an extraordinary job of illustration. The stylized paintings, set against a medieval Mediterranean background, have a weight that matches the importance of the words, but there is still room for whimsy. . . . A gift for the eyes and mind."
Our Sunday Visitor
"Each reflection is beautiful and thoughtful — a mini examination of conscience to recite in the quiet of morning before the rush of the day begins. And in this children-friendly format, it's a reflection the whole family easily can take part in."
"Visually irresistible and inspiring."
Catholic News Service
"Bimba Landmann brings to life with colorful and intriguing illustrations Pope John XXIII's decalogue of how to live each day humbly, politely and lovingly toward God and others. . . . A keepsake."