Two New Picture Books for Catholic Children

What Color is Heaven? by Maurice Prater is beautifully illustrated by Jason Koltuniak. Each page features a different color: green, indigo, orange, blue, yellow, violet, red, black, and white. The final page features the Divine Mercy image with the words, “Jesus, I Trust in You.” The text discusses the symbolism behind each color and what it might be used for. For example: “Blue is the color of faithfulness. Blue is a reminder to keep God the Father’s commandments and to be faithful to Him. The blue sky can remind us of the presence of God in all of His creation.” Scriptural references for each color are provided at the end of the book.

What Color is Heaven? is a lovely book to share with a child as an introduction to religious symbolism.

Amazing Grace by Mark Restaino

Amazing Grace, story by Mark Restaino, illustrated by Felipe Luna Lira, features the famous hymn by John Newton. The story is told through the illustrations. A little girl is crying, running through the trees. She then becomes a princess with a crown and cape. She has a shield and rosary to protect her and ultimately emerges victorious. In the end, she is safe in her parents’ arms. The illustrations are lovely, with a beautiful sense of light. Musical notes, in honor of the song, are also sprinkled delicately throughout the images. This would make a delightful bedtime story to share with a child.

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her thirteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Power of Forgiveness". She blogs at spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com