28 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

Have you ever wondered how things came about in the past? Or how one small thing can lead to big changes? I know that I do! My children are always quoting that butterfly effect quote. Just really how much change can one small thing create? Read “The Boy Who Changed the World” and you will find out!

This book deals with the history of food production and how, over time, those methods of production improved such that the people of the world could be fed. It does this in a wonderfully simple manner that makes for easy reading. My husband used this book as an introduction to a unit in 5th Grade Social Studies, but I think it would be great even for younger children.

Not only is the writing easy to read, but the pictures are colorful and hold a child’s attention well. The detail in each picture is enough to generate interest and thought without detracting from the writing.

The Boy Who Changed the World is a great book! Whether you are interested in the history of food production or you are looking for an inspiring “You CAN make a difference!” type of book, this one will fit the bill.

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.

Rating: ★★★★★

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