I love a good picture book that I can sit down with my children and that will captivate both them and me until the very end. Bambinelli Sunday – A Christmas Blessing written by Amy Welborn and illustrated by Ann Engelhart is one such story.
This charming story tells the tale of young Alessandro who learns to make a clay figure of the Christ Child from his grandfather and then learns so much more. The story is set against the backdrop of an actual annual event. In Italy on the Third Sunday of Advent, children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square to celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday.” On this special day, the children bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the “Bambinelli” – from their family’s Nativity scene. The pope during the noontime Angelus prayer than blesses both the children and the figurines. This time-honored tradition is cleverly told through this little boy and his grandfather. With this real life event in the background young Alessandro learns a very valuable lesson.