I was hoping for a children’s classic, the kind that is written for kids but has the adults raving. Unfortunately, Hermie feels like a rip-off of a real children’s classic–The Ugly Duckling, translated in Christian-ese.
Instead of a duck feeling so ugly, Hermie is a caterpillar bemoaning the fact that he is so “common.” I’m not sure if being “common” is a main issue for children–in fact, don’t they like to fit in and avoid sticking out like a sore thumb?
The ugly duckling, meanwhile, was taunted by others and made to feel ugly. I find this more believable, as I’m pretty sure children don’t feel ugly (or common, for that matter) simply on their own.
Throughout the story, Hermie and his fellow commoner Wormie compare themselves with others and pray to God to be made un-common. The end, of course, is predictable: Hermie becomes a beautiful swan–oh wait, no, a butterfly.
- Like a Common Caterpillar (multipurposemom.com)