Sunday, August 5, 2012

Max Lucado's "A Bug Collection" Volume 3

Max Lucado and Hermie the caterpillar have a DVD box set available with three Hermie and Friends movies.  This boxset contains the dvds: "Buzby and the Grumblebees", "Haily and Bailey's Silly Fight" and "Milo, the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray".  

One of the things I really like about Hermie and Friends is the great voices.  Don Knotts and Tim Conway (both from The Apple Dumpling Gang) and Richard Kind (A Bug's Life) are some voices that are familiar favourites of mine.

"Milo, the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray" is the first Hermie and Friends dvd that my kids and I were ever introduced to years ago.  The songs are catchy and the message is clear.  Whether kids understand what "cliche" means is another issue and I gotta tell you -- that's a hard word to explain.  The moral is that anyone can pray and that God may answer our prayers in ways we don't expect.  It's a great message that we all need to remind ourselves of sometimes! 

I have to admit movies about whining aren't my favourite because you have to listen to the characters whine prior to the resolution.  That being said, there is a resolution to "Buzby and the Grumblebees" and the moral of the story is a valuable one.  You just might want to do a load of laundry while the kids learn the lesson that whining isn't the right way to bee-have.

"Haily and Bailey's Silly Fight" is about sibling rivalry and highlights the message that we need to love others as we love ourselves.  This episode focuses on the negative behaviour longer than I would have liked.  Sibling fights are often as silly as blueberry vs tomato, but thankfully, Haily and Bailey eventually come to realize "when you fight no one wins" and it's better to work together.  

I like that the Hermie and Friends dvds have a moral to the story.  If by chance the kids have missed the moral, Max Lucado and Hermie come out at the end to sum it up again.  This boxset is aimed at preschoolers who could learn a little more about prayer, behaving and getting along (and isn't that all preschoolers?  lol...).

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this dvd boxset through in exchange for my honest review.

~ Chelsey ~


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