Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Book Review: Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

I just finished reading Max Lucado’s newly revised version of Hermie, a Common Caterpillar. It’s been rewritten as a Level 2 Reader for children who are learning to read for themselves, using simple and familiar words and lots of repetition. As children work their way through this story, they’ll learn to read while learning God loves them just the way they are, and He isn’t finished with them yet!

Hermie and his friend, Wormie, are common caterpillars. No spots, stripes or distinctive markings for them. When they see other caterpillars, they talk to God about their commonness. He assures them He loves them just the way they are and isn’t finished with them yet. They are content for a while, then they see a strong ant and talk to God again. He reassures them of His love once more. This repeats with a snail’s house and a ladybug’s spots. The pictures tell part of the story that words don’t showing Hermie and Wormie trying to wiggle into shells like a snail and painting spots all over themselves.

In the end, God has a big surprise for Hermie which gives hope to Wormie. God loves them just the way they are, and He isn’t finished with them yet!

Thomas Nelson publishers sent me a complimentary eCopy of this book for my review. I’m happy to recommend it, though I’m partial to the hold-able version with pages to turn, for children learning to read.
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