Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Book Review: "The Boy Who Changed the World" written by Andy Andrews and illustrated by Philip Hurst

The Boy Who Changed the World
Written by Andy Andrews
Illustrated by Philip Hurst
Published by Tommy Nelson, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1605-2

This book, suitable for children from six to ten years, opens with happy pictures of a little boy playing in the cornfields with his sisters. It features the stories of four boys, not one as the title suggests. They are Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver who respectively became Nobel laureate, Vice President, inventor and farmer. Their lives illustrate The Butterfly Effect by showing how each life is interwoven by the decisions made by other people.

“The Boy Who Changed the World” can be read as one story, or as four short stories. I found it choppy to read in one sitting as it jumped around in time. I think it would flow better and provide clearer understanding for children if it followed the chain of events chronologically.

The illustrations are superb. Rich in color and detail, they are sure to appeal to children. Butterflies adorn most pages and the book closes with a cloud of these beautiful creatures.

I recommend this book to adults to read and discuss with children—it’s interesting and has a clear message that children’s lives are important to God. Every action a child takes matters and makes a difference in the world.

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1 comment:

  1. 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.