The Boy Who Changed the World  -     By: Andy Andrews
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The Boy Who Changed the World

Tommy Nelson / 2010 / Hardcover

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Teach your children that everything they do matters! Andrews's delightfully illustrated book tells the true stories of Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver - all of whom set off a single spark that ignited the lives of countless others. Your youngsters will see how they can make the same impact on their own world! Hardcover; 40 pages.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Tommy Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 10.88 X 8.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400316057
ISBN-13: 9781400316052
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 5-8

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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.

Author Bio

Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

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  1. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We can change the world!
    February 25, 2014
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this book immensely! The simple notion that all actions big and small affect the future in ways we never imagine is amazing. The storyline and the wonderful illustrations bring to life how all our actions affect not just ourselves, but all those around us, as well.

    Utilizing the idea of the "butterfly effect", Andy Andrews introduces us to Norman Borlaug a little boy who loved to play hide and seek in the cornfields that he grew up in or Henry Wallace who was just a little boy who loved agriculture and learning about plants, and finally he introduced us to George Washington Carver who "would roam the fields and forests of Iowa" with his professor's son.

    At the end of the book, Andrews skillfully weaves the story together sharing how George Washington Carver influenced Henry Wallace. Henry Wallace would later become Vice President and hire Norman Borlaug. Norman, on the other hand, grew up to be a man that changed the way corn was produced enabling many around the world to eat. You see, Henry Wallace was the professor's son that roamed the fields of Iowa with George Washington Carver.

    This short sweet book is a reminder of God's sovereign hand in all things and how there are no such thing as coincidence but God ordained diving appointments.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for adults and kids alike
    July 1, 2012
    Steve Smit
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thouroughly enjoyed this great little book, profiling future world leaders as they were boys. I read it to my kids several times and also read it myself a lot. Whether you agree with what those men went on to accomplish is beyond the point. Andy Andrews is masterful at telling great stories that stick with you forever!

    I am a member of Book Sneeze from Thomas Nelson Publishers. As a result, I have received this ebook for free in exchange for writing a review.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    disturbed by profiling GMO as a good thing
    August 28, 2011
    Christi S
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I love the premise of this book, that everything you do matters, that even the smallest insignificant things can have a profound effect.

    I love Andy Andrews' writing that is engaging and fun to read.

    Honestly though, the story about the wheat and corn turned my stomach. A book making the persons responsible for GMO wheat and corn out to be heroes is just something that I can't support. I try not to get political in reviews but since the 1940s when they first started with the GMO wheat and corn the rates of celiac have multiplied, the rates of autism have soared, allergies are sky-rocketing, among other things. We are tweaking our environment too much and a book that celebrates this is just too much.

    I wanted to love this book. If it wasn't a book to inspire and to change lives the politics wouldn't matter. If it wasn't a children's book, the politics wouldn't matter as much. But I can't recommend this book at all because of the GMO issue.
  4. A Library, USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great idea, a little advanced for children
    February 6, 2011
    A Library, USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Boy Who Changed The World is about children in the past who have affected the world we live in today. From a man who saved a baby to the mentor to a young boy, those children have grown up to change the world for the better.

    Although the book itself is an awesome reminder of what we are capable of doing, the story is a little advanced for young readers. I read it to my 6 year old brother, and he was bored by the second page. Maybe this book would be better for older children.
  5. South Africa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Everything you do matters
    January 12, 2011
    South Africa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Everything you do matters, the small things that you might think don't count actually do matter in the larger scheme of things. Norman Borlaug is the boy who changed the world with his invention of a super seed that saved 2 billion people from starvation.....or is he? This book documents the actions which influenced Norman Borlaug's life and the actions that influenced the people who touched his life. This is a challenging and thought-provoking story, wonderfully presented to children in a colourful and appealing way. The book left me with a feeling of purpose and the will to live more purposefully. I would highly recommend this book for children.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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