Do you believe that every single thing you do matters? I do and
always have. It's a concept I've been trying to teach my children
since they were very small. Whether it's picking up a piece of
trash in the street or donating allowance to a family in need,
it's all significant in God's eyes. Everything we do has the potential
to affect someone else in either a positive or negative way.
I was so thrilled when chosen to review The Boy Who Changed
the World, since I'd already heard such amazing reviews
on a couple of blogs. Just by looking at Philip Hurst's gorgeous
cover and artwork throughout the book, I knew this was going
to be a great story to share with my kids, who are 11, 9, and
New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews tells the story
of Norman Borlaug, an ordinary boy with a big dream. Though it
seems impossible at the time, as he stands amidst his family's
endless rows of corn, he dreams of feeding the world's hungry.
Eventually, his childhood dream becomes a reality, but not without
a lot of hard work and help from many others who'd paved the way.
Norman's success can be traced all the way back to a kindhearted
man and his wife who rescued and raised a slave's child as their
very own. You'll definitely want to read the book to discover all
of the characters who played an important role in helping Norman
become the boy who changed the world.
This book clearly teaches, in an engaging and interesting way,
what is known as The Butterfly Effect (the title of another
book by Andy Andrews). It demonstrates the truth that every action
impacts another's action, and so on--also referred to as the ripple
effect or what I've always called the domino effect. Though written
for children, the book reminded even me that my seemingly insignificant
jobs of mothering, homeschooling, cooking, and cleaning really
are important. Even though I know that's true, I don't always feel
it, so I was encouraged and empowered by the words in this book.
The Boy Who Changed the World is rich in spiritual insight
and Biblical application. As I have read it through a few times,
many Bible verses and principles have come to mind, which I have
discussed with my children. Persevering no matter what, spurring
one another on toward love and good deeds, good works prepared
in advance for the believer, God working out all for our good,
working cheerfully as if working for God rather than man, and the
Golden Rule are just a sampling of the wonderful nuggets of truth
to examine with your children. We talked about these and more while
going over the Reader's Guide Questions, which I downloaded from
the website, www.andyandrews.com.
Also available from the site, is a free downloadable curriculum,
which includes comprehension questions, spelling and vocabulary
activities, writing, science, and social studies connections, and
more--over 50 pages of extended learning!
While I probably wouldn't have bought this book specifically for
my 9 and 11-year-old boys, they definitely benefitted from my reading
it aloud to my 5-year-old daughter. I think the discussion questions
actually had more of an impact on my older children, though. It's
just a great book that the whole family can enjoy on some level.
Add this beautifully illustrated treasure to your home library
and give your child the gift of believing that they, too, can change
the world! The price is $14.00, which is great for this quality
hardcover children's book. Create a ripple effect of your own by
giving The Boy Who Changed the World to a friend as well!