Bartolome: The Infanta's Pet by Rachel Van Kooij


Bartolome: The Infanta's Pet by Rachel Van Kooij

17th-century Madrid is not a kind place for a dwarf like Bartolome, and his family has to keep him hidden in a small back room. Then the king's little daughter, the Infanta, wants to have him as her 'human dog'. But life in the royal palace is scary and humiliating. Until Bartolome discovers the artist's studio - Colourful and gripping, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope.


Nothing is lost in translation in this special book that is part novel, part history and wholly a work of art.

About the Author

Rachel van Kooij was born in the Dutch city of Wageningen in 1968. She moved to Austria at the age of 10, and later studied Special Needs Teaching at Vienna University. She now lives in Klosterneuburg near Vienna and works with handicapped people. She says of herself: 'I write about the things I like to read about.'

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204 pages


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Publication date

17th September 2012



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