MAX AND BENEDICT
A Bird's Eye View of the Pope's Daily Life
(Sequel to Joseph and Chico)
By Jeanne Perego
The narrator of this book is a blue rock-thrush that spends most of his time on the dome of Saint Peters Basilica and in the Vatican gardens. (The scientific name of this kind of bird is Monticola Solitarius, and it really lives in Rome.) This particular birds name is Max, and from his solitary perch, he observes everything in the vicinity. He is fascinated by one human in particular: the Pope. Max tells readers what the Pope does on a typical day, as well as about special moments in his life, such as his vacations and apostolic trips. The book provides a delicate portrait of the Holy Fathers' many responsibilities, and it helps us understand Pope Benedicts important obligations that he always strives to carry out with love, faith and dedication.