BOOK REVIEW - Best Buddies: What's in a Name? by Mother Melania Salem
Book Title: Best Buddies: What's in a Name? by Mother Melania Salem
Category: Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Holy Assumption Monastery
Release date: December, 2022
Content Rating: G - This is a children's picture book. It does deal with homelessness, but in a way that is appropriate for young children. There is nothing graphic and no bad language.
I was drawn to this book because I live in an urban area plagued by homelessness. My house is located on one of the main arteries through town complete with several bus stops. The homeless are a part of my ecosystem, Mabel is curious and engages with those who will engage with her.
This is my first book by Mother Melania and won’t be my last. I enjoy everything about this book and its spirit. My favorite part about this book is the collaboration between the author and illustrator. The illustrator is a homeless teen and his graphics come from a place of lived experience.
This book is well written and easy to read. The life lessons contained in these pages are powerful. While the book is for children, adults can learn from these reminders. I am a dog person and love that the main character had the dog, this brought more depth to the story.
I love this book and look forward to the next book!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
What happens when a homeless dog befriends a homeless teen? Join them and find out!
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.
She has written three series of specifically Orthodox children's books - all in verse - which celebrate the high points of God's work of salvation in the Person of Christ. Her remaining series 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.
connect with the author: website