Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World

When you stop to think about it - everything you do has an impact. And that is what Andy Andrews' book made me do - stop and think about it. Even in a seemingly very insignificant life, every action has an impact. Andrews' book, The Boy Who Changed the World, is one that I will encourage our kids to read. It tells the tale of men throughout history that have made a huge impact without even meaning to - Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver, and Moses Carver - all boys that were challenged to think big and make a difference in the world. As George Washington Carver told young Henry Wallace, "Remember...God made you to make a difference. And I believe you will."

Not only does this book shine in "content" - it also has illustrations that add to the warmth and feel of the book. Philip Hurst is the illustrator that provided these warm and tender illustrations.

This whole premise is based on the Butterfly Effect, of which Andrews has also written another children's book challenging kids that they, too, can change the world. Powerful books - great premise - and something our kids need - challenge and inspiration. One of my favorite parts of this book was that it was set in Iowa - YEAH Iowa - there aren't too many books set in Iowa that those of us that grew up in Iowa can claim and be proud of!!

I was provided a copy of this book to use for review by Book Sneeze.

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