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.