Video Review: Antonio Meets His Match from Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends Series

Everyone in the garden looks to Antonio the ant to protect all the bugs so when Angus and his friends move into the garden disturbing the peace and being discourteous to their neighbors, the bugs in the garden look to Antonio to make Angus leave. God reminds Angus, though, that all of us are asked to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Angus and his friends to not make this easy with their bagpipe playing, fruit throwing and golfing wherever they want. Frustrations escalate to the point where Angus suggests that he and Antonio compete in an Olympics of sorts. The loser has to move out of the garden. I won’t ruin the climax, but I will say that Antonio manages to show love to Angus in spite of how selfish and mean Angus is.

I watched this DVD with my two oldest children (10 and 8 years old). They thought it was OK. I agreed. Compared to a few other Hermie videos that I’ve watched, I was rather impressed with this one. I’ve been disappointed by previous Hermies videos at how over-simplistic tough issues are dealt with. This video dealing with loving your neighbor, though, doesn’t do that. Antonio struggles with the difference between what it means to tolerate someone and love someone.

This video and the others in the series are great for pre-school and Kindergarten aged children. If you are interested in purchasing this video, you can get in online at someplace like Amazon.

(I received a complimentary copy of the DVD “Antonio Meets His Match” which is part of Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends video series from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Sneeze program.)  

by Henry
Henry Zonio, a husband of one and father of four, has 10 years’ experience as a full time Children’s Pastor in the United States and Canada. He is on staff at Redwood Park Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he has the freedom to experiment with spiritual formation strategies. Henry serves as the Children’s Ministry Network Facilitator for the Central Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. Henry also authors Elemental Children’s Ministry, a blog which facilitates conversations about the mutual influence of children’s ministry and culture. After growing up in California enjoying watersports, he has expanded his H2O experiences to include sitting in a sauna for insane periods of time, followed by rolling in the snow.
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