The Boy Who Changed the World

I like history a lot. I really love reading books that either are based on history or are history. Historical fiction is my favorite genre.

This is why I enjoyed Andy Andrews’ children’s book, “The Boy Who Changed the World.” I read this book after reading Andrew’s book, “The Butterfly Effect.”

The message in both books is the same: you were created for a purpose and everything you do matters. “The Butterfly Effect” is geared toward adults and “The Boy Who Changed the World” is for children.

The butterfly effect is a scientific theory that Andrews summarizes in the book as:

“When a butterfly flaps its wings, it moves tiny pieces of air . . . that move other tiny pieces of air . . . that move other tiny pieces of air. In fact, on the other side of the world, they might be feeling a big whoosh of wind—all because a butterfly flapped its wings here just a few minutes ago!”

The butterfly effect is a call to live a life of permanent purpose.

In “The Butterfly Effect,” Andrews talks about George Washington Carver, Henry Wallace and Norman Borlaug, who all changed the world. “The Boy Who Changed the World” also shares their stories in an-easy to understand format for children.

Andrews gives several examples of the butterfly effect applied in life. Because George Washington Carver, took interest in Henry Wallace, the former vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wallace became interested in agriculture. He became the Secretary of Agriculture and later hired Norman Borlaug. In the 1940s, Borlaug hybridized high yield, disease resistant corn and wheat for arid climates. This saved two billion lives from famine.

The book sends a great message to children.

“That means every little thing you do matters: what you did yesterday, what you do today, and what you do tomorrow. God made your life so important that every move you make, every action you take, matters . . . and not only for you or the people around you,” Andrews writes.

I’d read the book to my children. (I don’t have any, but if I did, I would).

Also, as a side note, I loved the watercolor illustrations in the book.

Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze provided me with an electronic copy of this book. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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