Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Review: Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

A review by my wife, Hannah Wencl.

5 stars
Charming, quality book with timeless truth

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado tells the charming tale of a caterpillar who didn’t think he was special. I expect high quality books from Max Lucado, and I wasn’t disappointed with this one. Every night, God assures Hermie and his friend Wormie that he loves them and he isn’t finished with them yet. 

Hermie has difficulty believing God as he meets bugs with special characteristics. He must discover how God made him special. I appreciated the book’s message, especially in today’s society that pressures kids to look, dress, and act a certain way from a young age. Although the reading level is 2nd grade and above, kids as young as 4 could listen to the story being read. The repeating story structure makes it easy to follow but still interesting.

The illustrations cover the entire page spreads with bright and expressive pictures, adding to the book’s appeal. Hermie seems loveable and almost human-like with his motions, like folding hands to pray, and intelligent, deep eyes. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to teach their children about God's love from quality literature.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of their book review program, Booksneeze. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.

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