Children's Books by Mother Melania

Celebrating Virtue and God's Work in Our Lives

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Orthodox Books

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Books on Virtue

About the Author

Mother Melania is the Abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA.  She grew up in a house that always had tons of children around, her poor parents had to read to her till they were hoarse,  and from the moment she learned to read, she always had her nose in a book.  So, it was only natural for her to grow up to write children's books.  The Twelve Great Feasts for Children, The Three-Day Pascha, and Old Testament Stories for Children - all in verse - celebrate the high points of God's work of salvation in the Person of Christ.

Fearless and Friends and The Adventures of Kenny and Scooter teach children the virtues in a fun, non-preachy way.  Fearless and Friends chronicles the lives of Fearless the Fireduck (think 'fireman,' except that he's a DUCK) and Charity the Church Mouse and their friends, who get in and out of trouble based on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of their actions.  The Adventures of Kenny and Scooter is a minimal-word series featuring six-year-old Kenny and his irrepressible Boston Terrier Scooter, who take turns getting into trouble and rescuing each other from their foolish antics.

With all her books, Mother Melania is trying to celebrate virtue and God's saving work in our lives. 

Orthodox Children's Book Series

Instructing Children in the Faith with Joy

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The Twelve Great Feasts for Children

In the Orthodox Church Year, the Feast of Feasts, in a class by itself, is the Resurrection . After the Resurrection in importance come the twelve Great Feasts. These feasts are the Church's celebration of, and participation in, key events leading to our salvation. In this series, we used simple verse and colorful illustrations to acquaint children with the themes and imagery of each of these feasts. We hope that this provides the children a groundwork for experiencing the joy and wonder of these truly Gr

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The Three-Day Pascha

All of history is the story of God's saving love for fallen man and creation. The Twelve Great Feasts of the Church celebrate great high points in this story, but above them all stands Pascha--the Feast of Feasts. It is the "Passover" of Christ--and of us through Him--from death to life. And since Pascha is the "Passover" from death to life, the Church has always seen it as the three-day Pascha--Great and Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday, and the Day of Resurrection. To think of one without the other

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Old Testament Stories for Children

The Fathers of the Church have always understood the Old Testament in light of the New. Moses in the basket is a "type" of baptism. Jacob crosses his hands to bless Joseph's younger son over the older - prefiguring both the Cross and the surpassing of the Old Covenant by the New. This series uses verse and semi-iconographic illustrations to introduce children and their parents to the profound truths revealed in the pages of the Old Testament. Our hope is that the readers will develop a thirst to meet Chri

The Twelve Great Feasts for Children

The Nativity of the Theotokos
The Exaltation of the Cross
Entrance of the Theotokos
The Nativity of Our Lord
The Theophany of Our Lord
The Meeting of Our Lord
The Annunciation
Entry of Our Lord
The Ascension of Our Lord
The Feast of Pentecost
The Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Dormition of the Theotokos

The Three-Day Pascha

Great and Holy Friday
Great and Holy Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Great and Holy Saturday
Pascha, the Feast of Feasts
Pascha, the Feast of Feasts
The Three-Day Pascha (All 3 Volumes)
The Three-Day Pascha (All 3 Volumes)

Old Testament Stories for Children

Baby Moses
Moses' Flight From Egypt
Jonah's Journey to the Deep
Noah and the Ark of Salvation
Moses and the Burning Bush
The Three Holy Youths in the Furnace

Books on Virtue
Teaching Virtue in a Winsome Way

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Fearless and Friends

Fearless and Friends chronicles the lives of Fearless the Fireduck (think 'fireman, ' except that he's a DUCK) and Charity the Church Mouse and their friends, who get in and out of trouble based on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of their actions.

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The Adventures of Kenny & Scooter

The Adventures of Kenny and Scooter is a minimal-word series featuring six-year-old Kenny and his irrepressible Boston Terrier Scooter, who take turns getting into trouble and rescuing each other from their foolish antics.

The Adventures of Kenny and Scooter

Scooter Gets the Point
Scooter Gets the Point
Bad Dog, Scooter?
Bad Dog, Scooter?

Fearless and Friends

Capers and Harry: High Climbing
Greedy the Crow: Finders Keepers
Mimi the Mynah: It's All Mine!
Pascha at the Duck Pond
Bluster Blue Jay: Not MY Fault!
Slowpoke Sloth & Busy Beaver: Easy Does It!
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