Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews

Book Description

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.

What I Can Tell You:
This is the perfect message for just about anybody. Everything you do, big or small has a trickle effect. The smallest gesture can alter someone else's world.

I love the pictures and the way Andy Andrews used real people to get his message across. Showing real results hits the ball out of the park.

The book is written for 4-8 year olds, however after reading it to my 5 year old, I can tell you that I had to be very animated to get her interested in the story. I think it is more for 7-10 year olds.

I really appreciated the Readers Guide which asks some great questions. They were fun to build on to see what my daughter will say.  "Only God knows why we are here because he put us here" was her answer to Do you think we were put on this earth for a reason?

When I asked her what her dreams were for herself she said, 'I just wish I had my own pet store."
I can't wait to see what she says to these questions in 4 years. 

By the way the Teachers Curriculum for this book is amazing.   I am thoroughly impressed by the well thought out planning of this book both life lessons and academically. This is the perfect classroom companion for every teacher.

I review for BookSneeze

Disclaimer: Thank you to Book Sneeze for the book!


  1. I almost grabbed this book, then changed my mind for Immanuel's Veins. I'm glad I read it, but this one looks really cute, and one I would have loved to review then give to my great niece.
    Fabulous review!

  2. Anonymous8:07 PM

    I might have to borrow that book to read it to my daughters class.

    Sounds good.


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