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Lolek - The Boy Who Became Pope John Paul II Hardcover – December 1, 2008
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Lolek is a beautifully illustrated children's book about Pope John Paul II. The story of John Paul's life is gently told to convey the holiness, strength, beauty, love and wisdom of this great man. This book is an excellent way to introduce children to our late Holy Father, who many children are too young to remember. It would be a great keepsake for children, who will hopefully see John Paul canonized in their lifetime.
This book does an incredible job of giving children a short biography of John Paul including his family, love of sports, friends, skiing, studying, his fight against poverty and communism, becoming a priest and pope. It gives us a look at a couple of special celebrations in Poland: August 15th is celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady of the Harvest, and June 23rd is a celebration of St. John`s Eve celebrating God`s creation of fire and water. Both of these are beautifully illustrated.
The illustrations include maps of Poland, Italy, and the world, that will help kids understand where John Paul was born and where Vatican City is. Pope John Paul II traveled to 129 countries while he was pope and in each country he kissed the ground to show his love and respect.
Two pages are devoted to illustrating and explaining the rosary with the Luminous Mysteries added by John Paul. The rosary was his favorite prayer.
I highly recommend this book for schools, homes and libraries. My copy will go my parish library after my grandchildren read it.
I hope to make it to Northern Michigan to see more of what this talented couple has done.
Most of us know John Paul II the man and his accomplishments, but Mary and Mark's gentle storytelling of his childhood gives us a better understanding of his character and how he was shaped into the man we all grew to love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For children to read about this wonderful man as a boy is a beautiful opportunity for children to understand that this future great Pope and Saint experienced a childhood... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathryn E. Wrobel
Pope John Paul II was special to me, I was lucky enough to see him three times. I was looking for something to teach my 6 and 4 year old (and eventually my 18 month old) about him. Read morePublished 21 months ago by HockeyFan
GREAT FOR YOUNG KIDS. MY GRANDCHILDREN LIKE IT. EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND NICELY ILLUSTRATED. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS FOR ALL YOUNG CHILDREN.Published on September 7, 2013 by JAMI
I have been wanting this book since it was first published. Since Pope John Paul II is becoming a saint in December I decided I couldn't put it off any longer. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by lsu1018
"Lolek" is an excellent book for children, but also adults, like myself, will enjoy this beautifully written life of Pope John Paul II from childhood to his Papacy.Published on April 9, 2010 by Patrick Palazzolo
The lovely illustrations created a great focal point for conversations on the story with my toddler. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Sarah J. Calder
This is quite simply the best children's book in our son's ever expanding library. Truly a treasure.Published on March 9, 2010 by Kenneth G. Bernard