Monday, September 25, 2017

Sasha and the Dragon

Lots of kids + a mom who loves to read + homeschooling = A LOT of books. Library books, school books, fun books, old books, new books; they're everywhere. (My dream home would definitely have a library feel.)

Fortunately there are many wonderful books to choose from, even when you're very careful to choose the best. So many children's books are treasures and they're usually just as delightful to read aloud as they are to listen to. 

There is a hugely wide range of content and it's not difficult to find beautiful books about almost anything one can imagine. My favorite children's books though, are those which bring our Orthodox faith alive; those stories which portray the sacramental nature of everyday experience are among the most valuable of treasured books.

I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to a new such book: Sasha and the Dragon by Laura E. Wolfe. Since receiving this book in the mail my children have brought it to me to read over and over and over again.

The story is simple: a young boy in a new place, lonely and afraid, who finds courage enough to face his fear and ask the Archangel Michael for help.  Simple enough, yet the lesson is profound. How many of us find ourselves faced with dragons - demons of all kinds - and find ourselves paralyzed with fear? How often we forget to call on our heavenly protectors for help. Children and adults both can benefit from the reminder that we are not meant to go it alone. And not only are we not meant to be alone, but that help will come when we ask. God does not forsake us and His servants always help those who call upon them with faith.

The book is beautifully written, poetic even, and the illustrations are gorgeous. The powerful image of St. Michael coming to Sasha's aid is one that will stick in children's minds and make its way to their hearts, to hold on to that sure knowledge that they have a protector who will come to their defense, even when they must come face to face with dragons.