Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Review: Hermie a common caterpillar by Max Lucado

Let me begin by saying that I’m a mom of two children who are now in college.  So I have read many, many children’s books over the years. From the time we brought our babies home from the hospital, they were surrounded by books.  When they behaved appropriately in the grocery store, they were rewarded with a trip to the library.   Hermie a common caterpillar by Max Lucado gives parents an opportunity to develop the love of reading in their children along with teaching them that God loves them, unconditionally and as they are.  That’s a winning combination. It has been a joy to have the opportunity to read and review Hermie a common caterpillar by Max Lucado.  This book is developed for early readers and is part of the Hermie & Friends series.  

The storyline centers around a caterpillar named Hermie and his friend, Wormie.  Hermie is ordinary.  He isn’t visually flashy; no spots or stripes like some caterpillars have.  Hermie talks to God and wonders why God has made him so common.  He isn’t strong like Antonio the ant, or pretty like Lucy the ladybug.  Hermie talks to God and God tells Hermie that He loves him just the way he is and He isn’t finished with him yet.

The book is endearing.  It teaches lessons about friendship, acceptance, prayer, and transformation.  The characters are loveable and the illustrations are appealing.  We get to see the growth in Hermie as the story progresses.  After his transformation into a butterfly, Hermie understands that God has made him special; both inside and out.  I love that Wormie is part of the story; a friend who feels the same way as Hermie feels.  They are not alone, and have each other. 

I think this book would be a great addition to a home library.  On a practical note, the pages of the book are thick, slightly shiny, and good quality.  The colors in the illustrations are vibrant.  The characters are loveable and it left me wanting to learn more lessons from Hermie.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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