From Dr. Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture:
Magnificat and Ignatius Press have teamed up to publish a striking children’s book entitled Our Holy Father, the Pope. As the subtitle indicates, it briefly covers “the Papacy from Saint Peter to the Present”. The text is by Don R. Caffery, a father who decided to write this book because he could not find anything along the same lines for use with his own children. Emmanuel Beudesson, a French artist, was chosen to do the illustrations.
The oversize book—in the classic children’s size of 8.5” x 12”—features full-page illustrations (or sometimes page-plus) next to which the text is presented, or sometimes superimposed. The text itself is Scripturally rich, and the case for both the Divine institution and immediate historicity of the papacy is well-made, along with the special powers and responsibilities intrinsic to it. ...
As should be expected, Our Holy Father, the Pope expends the majority of its pages in covering Our Lord’s establishment of Peter’s role in the Church followed by a brief account of Peter as the first pope, up to his crucifixion. It then gives a sense of the long history of the papacy simply by highlighting four particular popes, Clement I (who has substantial apologetical value for the initial narrative), Leo the Great, Pius X (because he made communion much more widely available, particularly to children), and John Paul II. The book concludes with a consideration of the pope’s duties, where he lives, who helps him, and how new popes are chosen. The concluding section recommends praying for the Holy Father.
Mirus concludes: "Our Holy Father, the Pope is quite well done. It makes a fine addition to home, school and parish libraries for children." Read his entire review at www.CatholicCulture.org.
About the book:
by Don R. Caffery and illustrated by Emmanuel Beaudesson
Who was the first pope? Who is the pope today? What does he do? And why do we need one anyway? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this beautifully illustrated book for children. Our Holy Father, the Pope takes us back to the time of Jesus so that we can learn about the origins and role of the Papacy.
The storybook format begins with the Gospels: Jesus calling Simon, Jesus renaming him Peter, meaning "rock", and giving him the keys to the kingdom, and so on. It follows Peter as Jesus suffers, dies, and rises from the dead for all mankind. The descent of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the Church, and the death of Peter himself for the sake of Jesus also are described.
The Church carries on with a new leader to replace Peter, as she has down through the centuries to our own day. As children will learn from this book, although the Church has adapted to the times, the tasks of our modern popes are not that different from those of Peter.
The book includes brief biographies of some famous popes, a list of all the popes from Peter to the present, and a bibliography.
Includes beautiful and inspiring illustrations by renowned French illustrator Emmanuel Beaudesson. See sample pictures below: