Friday, September 30, 2011

Hermie: A Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado

Recommendation: Recommended

Hermie is a caterpillar. A plain, no spots or stripes, nothing out of the ordinary, common caterpillar. Except for one extraordinary thing Hermie does - he talks to God. And when Hermie and his friend Wormie are feeling particularly common and ordinary that is exactly what they do, they talk to God. They ask God why they are not strong like Antonio the Ant, or why they do not have a home on their backs like the snail...why are they just so ordinary? And God patiently answers them and lets them know they he isn't finished with them yet.

Positives: A good story to help teach contentment, thankfulness and patience. Kids (and adults) often wonder why God created them the way He did. Why did God give me freckles? Or why didn't he give me legs that can run faster? This is a good story to help teach us to trust and wait patiently on God.

Negatives: I thought the story was too predictable and  little boring. I know kids often like predictable, in this case, I didn't care for it. I would also exercise caution with this story as it might seem like we just need to be patient and God will make us into or give us exactly what we want. Teach your child that God created them uniquely and while your looks or abilities might never change, you can still become the person God wants you to be.

Talking Points: Psalm 139 teaches us that God created each of us and has intimate knowledge of us from before we were even born. Continue to emphasize to your child that they are one of God's beautiful, unique and special creations - that He created  them exactly as He designed and willed, no mistakes! Ecc. 3:11 tells us that God makes everything beautiful in His time. Teach your child patience and that God sees beauty differently than we do. Psalm 116:15 tells us that God sees the death of a righteous man as precious. Beauty to Christ is when God the Father is glorified. Teach your child to glorify God with their body (I Cor. 6:20) no matter how ordinary they may think they are.

Age Level: 3-7 year olds

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