Children's Book Review: Best Buddies What's in a Name by Mother Melania

This morning, I have a children's book to share!  Check out Best Buddies What's in a Name, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Mother Melania and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book TitleBest Buddies: What's in a Name? by Mother Melania Salem
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Holy Assumption Monastery
Release date:   December, 2022
Content Rating:  G - This is a children's picture book. It does deal with homelessness, but in a way that is appropriate for young children. There is nothing graphic and no bad language. 

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About the Book

What happens when a homeless dog befriends a homeless teen? Join them and find out!

My Review

Best Buddies What's in a Name by Mother Melania Offers a Simple Story with Larger Messages. While the simple premise of naming the dog in this book is enjoyable for children to read, there are many more significant observations and opportunities for learning about community, homelessness, and kindness. As Rob moves through his day as a homeless teen, his interactions with his new dog friend offer plenty of chances for families and caregivers to discuss some of the realities of homelessness with children. This book provides a simple story with many learning opportunities from illustrations and ideas encountered as Rob seeks to name his new friend.


Would I Recommend Best Buddies What's in a Name by Mother Melania? I always enjoy books that offer families and educators or caregivers learning through entertainment. Young readers may not understand the homelessness encountered (or rushed by) in their communities. This book allows readers to consider the importance of the kindness of strangers, some of the challenges and dangers of life on the street--and the unconditional love in a human/animal bond. This book is a simple story that opens the door for many conversations regarding homelessness and helping those less fortunate.


Meet the Author

Mother Melania is the Abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA. She grew up in a house that always had tons of children around, her poor parents had to read to her till they were hoarse, and from the moment she learned to read, she always had her nose in a book. So, it was only natural for her to grow up to write children's books.

She has written three series of specifically Orthodox children's books - all in verse - which celebrate the high points of God's work of salvation in the Person of Christ. Her remaining series teach children the virtues in a fun, non-preachy way.

Fearless and Friends chronicles the lives of Fearless the Fireduck (think 'fireman,' except that he's a DUCK) and Charity the Church Mouse and their friends, who get in and out of trouble based on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of their actions.

The Adventures of Kenny and Scooter is a minimal-word series featuring six-year-old Kenny and his irrepressible Boston Terrier Scooter, who take turns getting into trouble and rescuing each other from their foolish antics.

​teachesWith all her books, Mother Melania is trying to celebrate virtue and God's saving work in our lives.

connect with the author: website 

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  1. Thanks for reviewing my book, Angela. Really appreciate it!

  2. Thanks so much for reviewing my book, Angela!

  3. This sounds like a book that will touch the heart!

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