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48 pages
Oct 2011
Thomas Nelson

Hermie: A Common Caterpillar

by Max Lucado

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In Max Lucado's Hermie: A Common Caterpillar for Level Two young readers, poor Hermie wonders why he is so common and plain. He isn't incredibly strong the way Antonio the ant is. He doesn't have a home at his beck and call the way the snail does. He doesn't have a shiny coat with beautiful spots the way Lucy the ladybug does. He feels very ordinary, yet within his heart he believes God is saying to him, "I'm not finished with you yet." So, he continues to praise God and to enjoy friendship with his pal Wormie, who is also very ordinary, dull, and common. Then, one day, Hermie becomes so sleepy, he cannot keep his eyes open. He wraps himself into a thick cocoon and sleeps for many, many days. When he awakens, he discovers that he has grown wings, and he is lovely and has the ability to fly high in the sky. All of his friends are happy for him. And then his pal Wormie becomes very sleepy, too, and Hermie promises him that God will do something great in his life as well.

The words in this book are appropriate for new readers, not overly difficult, but not overly simple nor rhymed, as in the preschool versions of the Hermie books. The story is uplifting, especially for children who may feel they aren't as rich or as cute or as popular as some of the other children they play with or go to school with. The lesson that God loves them as they are and that he can make them continually better is positive and optimistic. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

Book Jacket:

This Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends® best-selling story now available in easy-to-read format!

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 classic story has been revised for kids to read and enjoy on their own as a Lever 2 Reader. With fresh new art and a story kids can read themselves, plus a new, low price-this classic story will find a whole new generation of kids who love Hermie and his garden friends!