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    Amim, what happened to your nose? Where are your mouth and ears? Where did your fingers and hair go? Amim is a strange and beautiful story with a universal message about the uniqueness of each human being, the hunger for love, and how painful is the fear of rejection. A refugee far from his country, among strangers, a child like any other, seeking acceptance and willing to pay any price for friendship until... In his search for the OTHER he finally finds a way to be HIMSELF! (Scroll down to learn more about Amim.)
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    In the Candle’s Glow

    $19.95 $16.96

    By Elizabeth Crispina Johnson, illustrated by Amandine Waner 

    The bees do their work. The beekeeper does hers. And little Felicia, with the honesty and faith of a child, takes the fruit of the bee and the beekeeper's efforts and lights her candle and prays. She prays once, she prays twice, she prays three prayers, then watches the breeze from the window carry her prayers from the candle heavenward.

     
  • An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man’s quest save the world? Voran can’t help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasyllia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…
    Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down the ancient spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the dark spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed. The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale “Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf.” If you like the hero’s journey, creative twists on mythology, and classic fantasy, then you’ll love Nicholas Kotar’s sweeping tale.
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    The Suitcase

    $16.99 $14.44
    Zeal and excitement are a part of every child. This book celebrates a young child's enthusiasm to put into practice the words of Christ: to feed and clothe the poor; help the needy; and love one's neighbor. As Thomas shows his family the items that he has packed into his suitcase after hearing a stirring homily at church, they marvel at his inventiveness and loving heart. Thomas is traveling to the Kingdom of Heaven, and he knows what it takes to get there! Along with his suitcase, Thomas and his family figure out a way to accomplish the almost impossible goal that Thomas is so excited about. The Suitcase captures bits and pieces of Christ's parables in a story format, familiarizing the reader with Christ's Heavenly Kingdom in a natural, subtle way.
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    We Pray

    $19.95 $16.96

    Written in expressive verse, We Pray invites children and their parents to explore some of the unique aspects of Orthodox Christian prayer life. Through reflections on topics like icons, the Jesus Prayer, and the liturgy, children are invited to see the beauty in our way of praying and understand better the purpose of Orthodox prayer.

    Distinctives

    • Charming, detailed illustrations invite seek-and-find activities
    • Helpful lesson-starter on prayer for church and homeschool classrooms
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    In 1919 Russian Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanov, a World War I army nurse and youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II, fled the Bolshevik Revolution with her husband Col. Nikolai Kulikovsky, and their sons, three year-old Tihon and infant Gury, through the Ukraine to a refugee ship in the Crimea. Their journey ended in Denmark, where they lived at the palace in Copenhagen with the Danish-born Empress Marie Feodorovna, wife of Russian Tsar Alexander III and mother of Tsar Nicholas II and Grand Duchess Olga. In Copenhagen Olga painted a series of delightful watercolors to go with a story she told her young sons of a boy who lived in the Danish palace with his white toy bears. Now, for the first time, we have both the original pictures and the story itself from Olga Nikolaevna Kulikovsky-Romanov, wife of the grownup Tihon, just as Tihon related it to her. This first English version was written by Mother Nectaria McLees, an Orthodox nun, who has never lost her own love of children’s stories. We hope that you will also enjoy this wonderful book.
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    Shepherding Sam

    $12.95 $11.01

    Sam’s Aunt Eva says he’s like a tornado—he causes a ruckus everywhere he goes. But Aunt Eva won’t give up on Sam, and neither will Saucer, the monastery’s corgi puppy. Saucer lives at the monastery, but he dreams of herding sheep. With no sheep in his life, Saucer tries to herd everyone else—farm animals, nuns, and especially Sam. Sam doesn’t want to follow anyone, not even a funny puppy. But Saucer knows that if he just keeps trying, he can bring this lonely boy back to the flock.

    A middle grade chapter book for ages 8–12

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    Let the Little Angels bring you all the way to Bethlehem where you will meet Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger. See the shepherds and wise men ...and know that angels are all around you. Delightful pastel illustrations and a charming story make this picture book perfect for the youngest of children during Advent and Christmas.
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    When God Made You

    $18.95 $16.11
    by Jane G. Meyer, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Gilbert When God made Elina, He pulled moonlight from the north, starlight from the south, sunlight from the east, and candlelight from the west. He planted the four lights around the steadfast soil of her soul, and beaming with gladness, God said, Elina, pray. Every child around the globe is specially made by God with a unique set of virtues, talents, and interests. What beautiful things was God thinking when He made you?
     
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    Goodnight Jesus

    $14.95 $12.71

    A kiss for Jesus, Savior and Lord,

    A kiss for Mary, His mother,

    A kiss for Andrew, the first He called,

    A kiss for Peter, his brother.

    Goodnight Jesus is a sweet, gentle story that acknowledges all the people we know and love as nighttime draws near and bedtime kisses are given to everyone from saints to siblings. What better way than through a kiss to say goodbye to the day?

    This 24-page board book, beautifully illustrated by iconographer and artist Nicholas Malara, is sturdy enough for lots of use and will become the favorite of many little ones who want just one last kiss before drifting off to sleep.

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    The Blackbird’s Nest

    $20.00 $17.00
    Kevin was always different. He loved animals and seemed to understand their secret language. But other children brought out the worst in him. He chased, bullied, and shoved, until one spring when he learned an unforgettable lesson from an unlikely teacher--a blackbird who built a nest in his hand.
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    The Ten Commandments

    $14.99 $12.74
    This sincere book is the ideal companion to our bestseller,My Baptism Book, presenting the Ten Commandments for kids one at a time, with Bible quotations and related prayers. Drawing on passages from the Psalms, Proverbs, and the wisdom of Jesus—including Jesus's summary of the Old Testament Law—The Ten Commandments for kids is a small but perfectly formed compendium of Christian wisdom, perfect for giving to a child at important religious occasions to help them learn about the Christian faith.  
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    An invitation for children to wonder about the Lenten story. This unique book teaches children to experience Lent with all their senses, and to see it as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God. Simple activities like cleaning a room, making bread and soup, and inviting a neighbor for supper become acts of justice and kindness, part of a life of following Christ, and a way to make room for God in our lives and in the world around us.
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    Herman, My Love

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    The Kind Father noticed Herman the bear's heart longed to share the blessing of His creation with someone so he sent him Daffodil Duck. Share in their journey as they become friends!
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    When the Son of God came down from heaven to become a man like us, He made it possible for us to see Him, touch Him, and make pictures of Him pictures which we call icons. This little book brings God and His saints vividly into children's lives through icons, explaining in the simplest terms what each icon means and what the role of these holy pictures and the holy stories and people they depict can be in our lives. The colorful pages of Pictures of God are perfect for occupying little hands in church, for explaining the world of icons in the first years of Sunday school, and for read-aloud time with little ones at home.  
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    A Gift for Matthew

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    Matthew is excited to visit a monastery. A monk there is teaching him to paint icons! Matthew learns about sketching images, mixing pigments, and painting all the layers of the sacred images. And when he gets home, he finds a surprise gift just for him.
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    H is for Holy

    $18.95 $16.11
    A is for altar, H is for holy, P is for Prayer. Introduce young children to the Orthodox faith as they explore elements and practices found in the Orthodox Church. From the altar table to Zacchaeus perched in the sycamore tree, this simple book offers not just an alphabet, but a first taste of a lifelong journey hand in hand with Jesus Christ.
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    The figure of Saint Nicholas stands apart from nearly every other Christian saint: his fame spread across empires and generations to make him one of the most recognizable Christian saints in history. But the popular perception of Saint Nicholas today diverges greatly from his original veneration as a compassionate almsgiver and defender of the poor. Saint Nicholas has been reduced to the pop culture figure of Santa Claus, a jolly old man who brings presents to good little boys and girls. This book reacquaints those boys and girls with the authentic Santa Claus—Nicholas, a man who found greatness not simply in spreading "good cheer," but in being a true icon of Jesus Christ in word and deed. “Well-told stories, like this one of Saint Nicholas, are gis to our children [of] lives well-lived. Forest and Andrejev have created a tale that will enchant little ones with layers of goodness—wrapped in the cloak of iconography. I pray readers will reconsider this man we know as Santa Claus, and come to know him more fully as a man of God.” —Jane Meyer, Author of Woman and the Wheat and Man and the Vine
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    Powerfully illustrated in this present book, The Praises invite everyone and everything in the whole creation to praise the Lord. The angels and animals and natural elements, with every living thing headed and cared for by human beings of every age, gender, class and nation, are commanded to sing and dance and make melody to the Creator of all.  
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    The Man and the Vine

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    "There once was a man who planted a vine..." So begins this rhythmical, festive children's book about the joy of a farmer and his little daughter as they work their vineyard and offer the fruit of the vine back to their Creator in Eucharistic celebration. The vibrant images -- reminiscent of vineyards in the American west -- sparkle in light-saturated, warm jewel-tones and provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a man in love with the earth and his labor, and equally in love with his God. The reader takes in the mystery of grapes becoming the wine of the Holy Communion as the illustrations and the text lead from field to wine cellar to church, where, finally: "With the 'Amen' he said, the heavens swooshed to earth and a sweet, sweet voice rang true. And the angels flew and the saints sang too and the holy bells rang and a holy wind rushed through the room." Author Jane G. Meyer tells the story of the Eucharistic offering in lyrical language that naturally links the fruit of the vine with the wine of the heavenly banquet. Ned Gannon, through his jubilant illustrations, recreates Paradise on earth, fixing our eyes on the Kingdom of God that daily appears in our midst.
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    A clumsy scullery boy finds solace in a place known only to him and his God in this charming story of the ninth-century saint, Euphrosynos, commonly known in Orthodox tradition as "The Cook." Author Catherine K. Contopoulos easily links the feelings of contemporary children with the feelings of this legendary character'a self-conscious, awkward boy who leaves his loving family and the taunts of his neighbors to find a niche in the kitchen of a monastic community. Readers will hurt when neighbors make fun of a confused Euphrosynos at the local cheese shop, laugh and then tremble when an austere monk slips upon Euphrosynos' newly mopped floor, and find an oasis of peace as Euphrosynos prays in his solitary cave. They also will learn lessons of perseverance, humility, and dependence upon God as they are naturally drawn into the story. Contopoulos achieves these goals with language that a child will understand. Her marvelous account is illustrated by Chrissanth Greene-Gross' soft, yet vibrant, realistic images that will engage children and warm their souls. SVS Press is pleased to welcome this new author and illustrator in this volume, which is most appropriate for children ages six to ten.
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    Within every heart is a hidden garden. We can neglect it until the weeds take over and the flowers wither and die. Or, with the help of Christ, we can care for it and make it a place of beauty, grace, and joy. This charming parable will encourage children (and adults) to open the gate to Christ and tend the garden of their heart with loving care.
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    The Monk Who Grew Prayer

    $11.95 $10.16
    Deep in the forest, a prayerful monk looks as if he is just doing simple, ordinary tasks, such as chopping wood and tending to his garden. But as he works, he is really "growing prayer." The monk prays continually throughout the day and night, and as the seasons pass, he becomes a holy man. This delightful, beautifully illustrated book teaches children that no matter what they are doing, or what hour of the day it is, they too can pray.
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    House of God

    $8.50 $7.23
    This book takes a child step by step through many facets of the Church from the steeple to the narthex with colorful pictures and engaging text. Children learn about icons, candles, the holy altar, Eucharist, the priest's garments, and more.
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    Every vespers service in the Orthodox Church begins with the reading of Psalm 104. This psalm of David celebrates the goodness and beauty of the created world and affirms the timeless importance of stewardship and love for all that God has provided.
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    Father Evangelos is assigned to celebrate the Divine Liturgy of a major feast for the parish of the neighboring Upper village. On his way there, many unforeseen things happen. Will he  make it out of the snowed-in forest safe and sound, and will he get to the Upper Village at the right time for the Divine Liturgy? A festive story that will bring joy to younger and older Christians alike.
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    Following the story of the Virgin Mary's childhood as it is told in Church tradition and apocryphal texts, this brilliantly illustrated children's book was inspired by the famous mosaics in the Monastery of Chora (the Kariye Djami) in Istanbul, Turkey. Dorrie Papademetriou is a graphic designer and artist. Her work is inspired by her travels through Greece and Turkey, where she studies the colors, the light, as well as the faith and traditions of the people.
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    The Littlest Altar Boy

    $18.95 $16.11
    It's the littlest altar boy's first day to serve, and he's a little nervous. What if he trips on his robe? What if his candle catches somebody's hair on fire? Young boys looking forward to serving as acolytes will identify with this boy's anxieties and breathe easier when all goes well.
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    God is With Us

    $8.00 $2.04
    70% OFF!! This book serves as a great catechism and introduction to the faith for children and adults alike. It tells the history of salvation from the creation of the world and the disobedience of Adam and Eve, through the rise of Moses, King David, and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, and His death, Resurrection and Ascension, and the founding of the Church. It is illustrated with color pictures and icons.
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    A Russian children's book. детская книга -- children's book цветные иллюстрации -- color illustrations
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    Josiah and Julia love to go to church. They love to venerate the icons, light candles, and eat the blessed bread. Sometimes they behave very well—but sometimes they make mistakes. Little ones can follow Josiah and Julia through the Liturgy and learn how even the youngest child can honor God by behaving properly in church.  
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    Prepare, O Bethlehem!

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    The Orthodox Church's hymns of the prefeast and feast of the Nativity of our Lord celebrate and proclaim in word and song the celestial joy of the incarnation. These beloved texts, so wonderfully illustrated by Niko Chocheli, are filled with beauty and power. They tell in a touching way of the all-embracing participation of creatures in the Creator's coming.  
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    The Woman and the Wheat

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    There once was a woman who planted some wheat... So begins this rhythmical, festive children's book about the joy of a farmer as she works to grow the wheat and bake that bread that she will offer back to her Creator in Eucharistic celebration. The vibrant images -- reminiscent of fields in the American mid-west -- sparkle in light-saturated, warm jewel-tones and provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a woman in love with the earth, and her labor, and equally in love with her God.
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    The Book of Jonah

    $20.00 $17.00
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    My Baptism Book

    $14.99 $12.74
    Baptism is one of the most important events in a child’s life, and My Baptism Book is a perfect gift to mark the occasion. Gentle, enchanting illustrations bring to life the simple teachings about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that are appropriate for the youngest of children. Includes brief, meaningful prayers, poems, scriptures, and blessings, a Baptism Gift inscription page, and a ribbon marker. This book for ages 0-8 – which has already sold more than 80,000 copies in its original, smaller edition – is a popular and well-loved gift.