Wednesday, May 25, 2016

*Review* A Secret by Lucille Hull

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: March 25, 2016
Pages: 28


What is it that Curly Worm knows about God's world that makes him such a happy creature? Furry Caterpillar, Striped Honey Bee, Mr. Centipede, and Lovely Butterfly all want to know.

So will you.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This book annoyed me, so it's a good thing I'm not exactly the target audience (although I am a mother of young children, so I'm kind of part of the target audience). First of all, the story sets forth the premise that a worm is a lesser creature because it doesn't have fur, legs, or pretty wings, but he's happy because of a religion based secret. But yeah, let's tell kids that if they are different than other kids, then they really aren't as good...but oh, that doesn't matter because god loves EVEN you. (Insert epic eye roll). That's really not the message I want to be telling my kids. Also, the illustrations are childish, like I feel I could easily duplicate them, and drawing has never been my creative strong suit.

Now my five year old said the book was good and she liked the butterfly best because of it's pretty wings (the pretty wings are already more important to her than the character of the butterfly. Hopefully I can teach her better than that in the future.)

My seven year old read it to me and only stumbled over the word "centipede" (the soft c is tricky). He also said it was a good book and he liked when the worm got friends (which isn't actually part of the book. We're working on reading comprehension). 

Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because in spite of my feelings, my children enjoyed it. - Katie 

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About the Author

Lucille Hull was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, aunt and friend. She taught school for thirty years, most often first grade. She loved teaching. It was something she was born to do. After retiring at age 70, she read to children as a Friend of the Library, and tutored for several years. Lucille also had a passion for writing and it was her desire to have her stories and poems published. Sadly, she passed away before that happened. This book has been published to honor her and to make her dream come true.

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