Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews’s children’s book, The Boy Who Changed the World, teaches young readers how each of their actions—whether good or bad—can have worldwide effects for generations to come. The book opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing hide-and-seek in a corn field with his sisters. Recalling his father’s warning, Norman is careful to not trample the corn plants. He tells Norman he should be happy because they are lucky to have enough to food to eat. It is at this moment, that Norman challenges himself to find a way to produce enough corn to feed more people worldwide. The book then moves back to review the earlier generations that enabled Norman to eventually attain his goals.

This is a great book to teach children proper behavior. Instead of emphasizes the consequences of a bad behavior, the book stresses the wonderful things that can happen with good intentions. Moreover, it shows children that no goals are too big to strive for. Andrews’s even includes a religious message towards the end. He stresses that each child was made by God for a specific purpose. Not only is the content inspiration for children, but beautifully illustrated pages will attract even the youngest readers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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