Wednesday, May 16, 2012

“Thank You God for Blessing Me” by Max Lucado, Illustrated By Frank Endersby

Max Lucado has been a favorite of mine since I first read “The Gift” many years ago.  From there I purchased the Max Lucado study bible and many more of his books.  From there I suppose it would be a natural course to move into children’s books.  I could not find very much information on the exact beginning of the “Hermie & Friends” series but I believe the first book was published in 2oo2 when I had yet to have kids.  I managed to pick up a “Flo” [Hermie & Friends line] VHS movie somewhere in life and that was the extend of my exposure to Hermie.

“Hermie, a common caterpillar” is the first book Lucado wrote and the website describes the book as;
Hermie and his friend Wormie have always felt common. They don’t have stripes or dots, they aren’t very strong, and they can’t find anything special about themselves. But every time they pray, God tells them that He loves them all the time just as they are and that He isn’t finished with them yet. When Hermie becomes a beautiful butterfly, he realizes just how special God’s plan is for him!  
This is the basis of the Hermie character, naturally leading to Little Hermie a baby caterpillar for the two to five age range. 

“Thank You God for Blessing Me” is a children’s board book. It is written in lyrical rhythmic lines telling a story that teaches toddlers, ages two to five, about thanking God for all He has given us as well as to doing the best they can to be kind and obey.

There is a clear message in this prayer and easy to comprehend for this age group. The illustrations are colorful and Little Hermie, though a plain caterpillar, his eyes seem to sparkle. It’s soft, sweet illustrations really catch your child’s eye.  I being the mother to a 3 and 4 year old had the perfect test demographic. And I was asked no less than three times, “Can we read it again?” and “Just one more time?”

Hermie was re-launched in August 2011, along with Lucado’s other Little Hermie board book “Thank You God for Loving Me” both listed online for $6.99.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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