The first children's board book from SVS Press!
Saint Ia Rides a Leaf is a charming story from the life of Saint Ia, an Irish missionary to England in the fifth or sixth century. The town and parish of St Ives in Cornwall, England, are named for her, and she is commemorated on February 3 in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Join Saint Ia and her animal friends on an adventure to spread the Gospel!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Melinda Johnson is an Orthodox Christian, wife, and mother. She loves writing for children and has authored several books, including the Sam and Saucer series.
Kristina Tartara is an Orthodox mom, children's book author, and illustrator. She has illustrated several books and also created the board books, What Do You See at Liturgy and What Can I Do at Divine Liturgy.
The “spark” that sucks our little ones into falling in love with Disney Magic that usually sticks with them their entire lives isn’t just in Disney movies or books. That “spark” can be found in our church and especially in the lives of the saints. However, we don’t call them “magic”, or “sparks”, but miracles.
This book playfully introduces the young reader to who St Ia was and the miracle that happened to her in her life. My 4-year-old said her favorite part was, “When the leaf grew!” They can quickly pick out the miracle and hold onto the belief that it’s real and can happen to them, just like they believe Disney Magic is real and can happen to them. So why not fill their minds and imagination with miracles that truly CAN happen to them and not just made-up Disney Magic?
As a mother, I also like how this book teaches children when faced with disappointment and adversity to first turn to Christ in prayer. It is a simple book, but there are so many fun teaching opportunities that can be utilized from St Ia’s story!
Saint Ia Rides a Leaf takes a classic story, about a saint that more people should know about, and shares it in a visually stunning and fun manner for kids! The story is easy to follow, yet is also very deep, and young children and their grown-ups will delight in this. I'm personally excited to give this book to my godson, who I know will love it.
I was thrilled to find out that Melinda Johnson and Kristina Tartara were collaborating to make a board book together, and they did not disappoint! I love the lyrical wording, the engaging pictures, and the amazing story. I look forward to sharing this book with little people in my life, and am grateful for St. Ia's example of love for and trust in God.
This book is so cute! We all love the illustrations, and the simplicity of the story for little ones. My son keeps asking to read it. We also learned about a saint we had never heard of. This is a great story for little ones and adults alike if God's mercy.
What a darling little board book full of beautiful illustrations that bring the words alive about a Saint not often written about! This is a must-have board book for Orthodox children! Between Melinda Johnson's easy flow of age appropriate words paired with Kristina Tartara's illustrations that show the emotions Saint Ia went through on her journey, this book will definitely capture your little ones attention. I especially loved that Saint Ia's first reaction to her disappointment and saddness was to pray. That is such a good message to teach our young children who will face many struggles in their lives as they grow. My girls enjoyed seeing all the extra sea life friends that rallied by Saint Ia's side before and after her journey too!
Bringing an ancient saint's story right into the littlest of hands is beautifully achieved by Melinda Johnsont. The charming illustrations bring St. Ia's story vividly near and easily accessible to even the youngest of children. What a wonderful reminder of God's caretaking of His children, and the miraculous powers He exerts on their behalf. If you're looking for a book to cultivate a child's delight in the saints, begin here!!
What a magical little book. We loved this story about not giving up when faced with disappointment or obstacles!! Saint Ia learned how God can provide a way for us to overcome difficulties. My little one loved looking at the pictures as we read about Saint Ia finding a way across the water to England!
I finally received the cutest little board book! I was so excited to read it, especially since it’s written and illustrated by two amazing women who I am blessed to know, Melinda Johnson and Kristina Tartara! We love all of Melinda's books, and Kristi's illustrations are sweet, beautiful, and captivating! St. Ia was a missionary from Ireland to England, and there is a town and church named after her in Cornwall! Both my girls loved the book, but my 4 yr old especially loved it and kept looking at the adorable pages over and over again and “reading” it to herself. Their favorite part was when the leaf grew bigger. I also love the fact that an original song has been composed for the book, and the sheet music is available for download on the SVS Press website. I hope this duo teams up for more book collaborations!
I'm happy to review the board book, St Ia Rides a Leaf, written by Melinda Johnson.
St. Ia has an incredible adventure of faith that is just perfect for sharing with young Christian minds!
The illustrations by Kristina Tartara are fun and engaging with cute little sea creatures that readers can search for on every page.
I am definitely happy to have found this great little children's book and I sincerely hope Melinda Johnson is planning to write many more like them. It's a perfect way for me to start a collection for my future grandchildren!