Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book "The Boy who Changed The World" by Andy Andrews


About the Book: 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: Andy Andrews showed all his sensibility in this children's book. He starts talking about a boy playing hide and seek with his sisters in his father's cornfields. He took care not to knock down any cornstalks. His father reminded him that they were blessed to have all that corn while many people in the world do not have enough to eat. That triggered a reaction from Norman. He started thinking on different ways of making corn feed hungry people. He decided to change the world! An the story goes on, showing Norman growing and studying and finding people in his life giving him ideas on how to use everything he had studied and he created those special seeds that grew into super plants that fed the hungry people.
The author proceeds describing another three inter-related stories and he shows through example how a decision that we make can and will affect the life of others.
This is a very well written book, with superb illustration and it is an excellent gift to a young kid. The message is powerful and it deserves to be in any permanent library to be read to children and grand-children.
"It's odd, isn't it? Every time something happens, something else happens. That's called the butterfly effect." (Andy Andrews).
This book was written by Andy Andrews and it was published by Thomas Nelson in 2010 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program. If you are reading this review, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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