Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{Book Review} The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews


Book Description

Did you know that what you do today can change the world forever?

The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family’s cornfields with his sisters. One day, Norman would grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world! Or was it Henry Wallace who changed the world? Or maybe it was George Washington Carver?

This engaging story reveals the incredible truth that everything we do matters! Based on The Butterfly Effect, Andy’s timeless tale shows children that even the smallest of our actions can affect all of humanity. The book is beautifully illustrated and shares the stories of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, Inventor George Washington Carver, and Farmer Moses Carver. Through the stories of each, a different butterfly will appear. The book will end with a flourish of butterflies and a charge to the child that they, too, can be the boy or girl who changes the world.

My Review

A little history, a pinch of nature, and a big life lesson – that about sums up this enjoyable children's book. The illustrations were great!  Ages 5 and up would probably be best suited for understanding and enjoyment. 

The book gives three quick stories of four real children who grew up to change the world: Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, Moses Carver and George Washington Carver. While I wasn't familiar with the first two historical figures, I think everyone knows about George Washington Carver and all of his inventions with just a peanut! The author wove the stories together very well. I especially enjoyed reading about how Moses saved George from outlaws—I’m not sure I was taught that in History class, at least I don't remember...

The creative emphasis on family, community, and the world was a great reminder of how Jesus called us to preach the gospel in Jerusalem, in Judea, and to the uttermost parts of the world!

I think everyone who reads "The Boy Who Changed the World" will benefit from being reminded about how our decisions affect more than just ourselves or just the here and now. I believe what the book claims is true: decisions made today affect your whole life and many other lives. I can’t wait to read this to my nieces and nephews.

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