I recently had the opportunity to review The Boy Who Changed the World, a new children’s title by Andy Andrews. Based on his book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters, it tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who developed special corn, wheat, and rice seeds…disease resistant, high yield seeds that fed millions.
Really though, it’s four mini-biographies seamlessly woven into one. Because, you see, Norman never could have done it without Vice President Henry Wallace, who was in turn influenced by George Washington Carver, who was in turn influenced by his father, Moses. The premise, of course, is that everything we do matters and affects others. We never know what one little action may end up doing somewhere down the line!
The Boy Who Changed the World does an excellent job of illustrating for young children how God weaves our lives together and uses us to influence each other (i.e. the “butterfly effect”). The illustrations are gorgeous, the amount of text on each page is just right, and the writing is winsome and interesting. There’s so much potential for great discussion with your kids here! I also just discovered that there’s a free Pre-K through 2nd grade curriculum available to go with the book. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
This is a well done, meaningful book that our family will enjoy for years to come. I highly recommend it.