Could I Paint the Sky?
Julie Hoy, illustrated by Evan Bartholomew
Inspire readers of all ages with a touching story of service, surrender and faith.
Share a touching story of faith
In her debut book, singer/songwriter Julie Hoy delivers a touching story that speaks to the child in all of us. Messages of service, surrender and faith are set against a backdrop of beautiful, full-color illustrations. Share it aloud with children ages 4 – 8, thanks to the included CD—featuring narration and the heartfelt title song, written and performed by Julie.
Witness the work of God's hands
As Julie and her teenage daughter drove west toward a beautiful Oregon sunset, they were instantly taken by the work of God's hands. "God is a really good artist... If only God would let us have jobs like that," they said. They mused about wanting the job of painting the sky. The next morning, Julie awoke and began writing Could I Paint the Sky?
Seek to serve
The story centers around a little girl named Madeline Judith, who wants to work for God. She asks God if she could paint the sky for him. When God says "no," she realizes that there are special jobs for each of us to do. While they might not be great big jobs "like moving mountains or painting the sky," what's important is that God knows we are willing to help.
Inspire readers of all ages
Honest, concise and easy to understand, Could I Paint the Sky? is an inspiring book that is relevant for readers of all ages. It makes for great conversations and reminds us that whatever God is asking us to do, big or small, it can be done.
ISBN 978-0-98277-710-7 [40 pp, 11.25 x 8.75, hardcover]
Could I Paint the Sky? by Catholic author Julie Hoy is a book about a small child's inquisitive nature as well as her amazing love for God and her willingness to serve Him!
It is an excellent book which could be used to accompany teaching our children about the Corporal Acts of Mercy, and even the vocations that the Lord has set for us from birth and how to be open to them. After reading this book to my own children and we had a short discussion on God's Divine Providence and how we must always trust Him. Since first introduced to it, my children ask for it at bed time and family reading time over and over again.
I was impressed with the quality of the hardcover binding for durability and that the accompanying CD contains the author's own voice reading the story. I love this additional feature because there is no better way to bring a story to life than to hear the author's voice reading it! If that wasn't enough, since the author is also a very talented contemporary Christian musician, this CD includes music tracks! It's an amazing combination.
It truly is a solid Catholic children's book, one that should be on every family's Christmas list!
—Erika Salazar-Drain, CatholicMom.com