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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 " Cook." Author Catherine K. Contopoulos easily links the feelings of contemporary children with the feelings of this legendary character' 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.
Author Catherine K. Contopoulos is a freelance writer who lives in Hackensack, New Jersey with her husband and daughter. This is her first children' book.
Chrissanth Greene-Gross is an award-winning portrait artist and sculptor, who explores her passion for the marriage of word and image in this, her first children' book. Chrissanth lives in Millwood, New York with her husband and three children.
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.
Dorrie Papademetriou is a graphic designer and artist. Her work is inspired by her travels through Greece and Turkey, where she studied the colors, the light, as well as the faith and traditions of the people. She has expressed with great sensitivity this love and respect for all creation through this beautifully illustrated book.
Images of Christ, cast as shadows in Old Testament texts, illuminate this book of biblical prophecy for young and old alike.
In this charming volume, author and illustrator Dorrie Papademetriou captures the divine spark that shone in the monk Herman and reflects it across the pages. The world of Apa and the Aleuts comes alive in vibrant illustrations while readers are warmed by the words of this human heart aflame with divine love.
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.
Children's Bible in today's Greek with original Byzantine style illustrations. This book is a narrative description of the Bible written in a way to introduce the children to the Bible Word of God; not just collection of biblical stories. It is the first Childrens' Bible in Greece with original illustrations that were made by Martha Kapetanakou-Xynopoulou. Approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church of Greece. Hardcover. 320 pages.
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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