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.
First of all I want to start off and say how exciting it was to read Saint Ia Rides a Leaf. The story was so captivating. I love to learn about other Orhodox Saints that are not the common ones. The story was light for a younger child and yet kept the attention of my 8 year old son. He was actually engaged and was asking questions with each page read. He was so surprised with how the leaf grew. My 8 year old asked me to find more information about Saint Ia. Now the illustrations were fascinating! They were bright and enduring. I love when board books have full page color illustrations. I have a baby coming in May and I cannot wait to read this book to him or her.
My son also wanted to say a few things about this book. He said his opinion is that: when her friends left without her he couldn’t believe that they forgot her. He enjoyed the colors of the illustrations and the actual story of Saint Ia.
First of all, I want to share how excited I am to have a board book about a female saint! I have 6 daughters, so it’s nice to have female examples for them. I also appreciate that this book is about a saint I have never heard of. It’s exciting to learn about new Saints and hear more examples of living the Faith. I decided to test this book out on my youngest daughter, she just turned 5. I let her know ahead of time that she was going to have to give her review as well. The pictures are very inviting and beautifully designed. I really enjoyed how the sentence structure was not too complicated. I think this would be a good read for much younger children as well. The pages did not contain too many words, so my 5 year old easily kept her attention to the story. We were able to talk and ask questions throughout the story, building anticipation and enhancing understanding. I also enjoyed how this book covered the topic of being a missionary, we were able to talk after reading the book about what being a missionary is and why they are important. When I asked my daughter what she thought of the book she responded with a solid “Good!” and said she liked the part about the leaf growing. This is definitely a book that I will be recommending to friends and even giving to my goddaughters as gifts. This is a great story that all children will enjoy!
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.