Animal Fable Provides a Winsome Lesson on Greed, Charity, and Community

Mother Melania Salem is re-launching “Greedy the Crow: Finders Keepers,” a whimsical animal fable that teaches an engaging lesson on greed, charity, compassion and healthy community. “Greedy the Crow” is a great fit for fans of Children’s Books on Virtue. It is available at Amazon and on Mother Melania’s monastery’s website.

More information on the book can be found here:

Greedy the Crow: Finders Keepers | Holy Assumption Monastery

“Greedy the Crow” is the second book in Mother Melania’s “Fearless and Friends” series. These modern-day animal fables were written to teach virtue in a fun, non-preachy way. The series is being re-launched to coincide with the August 2022 release of the fifth book in the series “Slowpoke Sloth and Busy Beaver: Easy Does It!”

Each book in the series addresses certain virtues and their corresponding character flaws. In addition, they all strive to balance personal responsibility with compassion, while celebrating healthy community. In “Greedy the Crow,” Fearless the Fire Duck is visiting all the animals around the duck pond to make sure that their homes are safe against fire. Greedy the Crow’s hoarding makes his house a disaster waiting to happen. When disaster DOES happen, he is helped in an unexpected way. Cayce-Grace Halsell brings the animals to life with her realistic yet endearing illustrations. The series is published by Holy Assumption Monastery.

Mother Melania has a background in agricultural research, theology, and education (elementary to college). This helped shape the creation of the books by allowing her to present deep topics in easily grasped forms.

When asked why she wrote this series, Mother Melania said that she used to help out with the religion classes at an Orthodox Christian Classical School near the monastery. Among other things, these classes focused on teaching the traditional Christian virtues and vices. The challenge was to do this in an engaging, non-judgmental way. As Mother Melania had already written several series of children’s books, she started looking for a premise for a new series.

The premise came when the sisters were returning to the monastery after being evacuated due to fire. On the way home, some of the sisters stopped at a novelty store to pick up toys for children visiting the monastery. Among the toys was a rubber duckie wearing a fireman’s jacket and hat. Thus was born Fearless the Fire Duck, along with his virtuous and not-so-virtuous friends.

Salem has hopes that these books will present the virtues as what they are – powers that allow children and adults alike to live the lives of joy and love that God meant them to live.

The author made a point of thanking the children of St. John of Damascus Academy for their part in the creation of the book, saying: “They helped bring this series to life with their input and general love of life.”

Those interested in learning more about the series can visit here:

Mother Melania’s Kids Books

1519 Washington St.

United States

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