Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

I recently received a copy of the book The Boy Who Changed the World to review.  It fits perfectly with our "All About Me" theme this week!

The Boy Who Changed the WorldThe Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is an encouraging and inspiring story about how choices you make can change the world.  The story begins with a young boy, Norman Borlaug, in a cornfield proclaiming "I want to change the world."  As he grows up, his path connects with Henry Wallace's.  Henry's path was changed because of his interaction with George Washington Carver.  George Washington Carver was saved because of Moses Carver.  Andy Andrews retraces the story of each man, and we see how four lives intersect to make a difference for many around the world.

The book is beautifully illustrated and based on Andy Andrew's gift book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters.  A butterfly is woven into the illustrations on every page, and the ending includes a kid-friendly description of the "Butterfly Effect" and an encouraging reminder that each of us is important to God.  While the book is not overtly Christian, there are several references to God.

I love the idea of this book and the so-called "Butterfly Effect".  It always amazes me how the choices we make can impact those we've never even met.  It is definitely a lesson I want to pass on to my daughters.  They loved the book as well, and we've read it several times already.  Following the story may be a little difficult for preschoolers, but mine appeared to enjoy it (even the two year old sat still for a little while)!  The curriculum guide for Pre-K through 2nd grades at http://www.andyandrews.com/education was also helpful.

Disclaimer:  This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my non-biased review.

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