The Boy Who Changed the World. Andy Andrews. Thomas Nelson.
August 2010. Hardcover. 40 pages.
The Boy Who Changed the World, is Andy Andrews' first children's book. This is the kids version of his new gift book, The Butterfly Effect. The vibrant colors and beautiful pictures alone are enough to draw kids attention and keep it throughout the story. Andrews starts with the story of Norman Borlaug, the young boy who grew up to create a super seed that has fed over 2 billion people around the world. As the story progresses, we are introduced to 3 other boys whose actions eventually affected Normans ability and desire to create the seed. Kids get a small look into history and they're able to read about how one boys actions helped change the world in a great way.
When reading this to my niece, she was really only interested in the bright pictures and counting the butterflies. The suggested age range for this book is 4-8, but the story jumps from one person to another so they could easily become confused with it. I think kids ages 8-12 would probably understand it a bit more. Andy Andrews is a wonderful author and I truly believe that he meant well with this story. I like that it tells kids that they can do big things in this world and that their actions affect others around them. I just don't like that the credit wasn't given to God for the achievements of all these men. It basically tells them that, in their own ability, they are able to change the world. God is not mentioned as the One with the power to do great things through us for His glory. I feel that this is what the book is lacking. Kids aren't pointed back to God and the fact that it is ultimately His plan that we should pursue.
My Rating: 2/5 stars
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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)