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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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