My kids love Hermie, and as a mama trying to find good, wholesome entertainment for my kids, I love anything Max Lucado writes. This time we were fortunate to receive a Hermie and Friends DVD from Book Sneeze (Tommy Nelson), Antonio Meets His Match.
Based on the verse Luke 10:27, Love your neighbor as you love yourself (ICB), this movie delves into the important topic of loving your neighbors. In today's world, this is even more important to be teaching our children. When some new Scottish neighbors move into the garden, Antonio's territory or reputation, per se, as the bravest, strongest ant is threatened. Even the peace of the garden seems threatened, as Antonio and his friends are forced to listen to those bagpipes play over and over again. These new ants aren't exactly easy to love, and Antonio has a hard time loving them. Even though God tells him to love his neighbors, he doesn't quite grasp that concept until a competition gets out of hand, possibly forcing Antonio to leave the home he's always known, his garden. Along comes Big Bully Croaker, though, and as these new neighbors are settling in to enjoy their victory, they might just need the help of Antonio, if they want to escape. Neighborly love is then shown in action, showing children that even though someone might wrong us, God still commands us to love that person.
With entertaining characters, colorful backgrounds, and the voices of experienced actors Tim Conway, Fred Willard, and Sam Mercurio, this movie was a lot of fun to watch. I especially got a kick out of the Scottish ants doing their Riverdance-like moves and driving everyone crazy with their bagpipes. LOL It was such an adorable movie for kids, and not just that, but it had a real life lesson behind the story, one that kids (or adults) can apply to their own lives. Also included is a cartoon short at the end called, "Caterpilla." You can get this DVD from Tommy Nelson for $14.99 or from Amazon. There is bonus material on the DVD, as well, including coloring pages, computer wallpapers, a read-along story, a sing-along, trivia game, and much more. I definitely recommend this DVD for any child.
(Disclosure: I was provided this DVD, free of charge, by Tommy Nelson, in association with BookSneeze; all opinions expressed are my own.)