Friday, November 5, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews

The Boy Who Changed the WorldEverything we do, every decision we make, has an impact.  This book explores the lives of Norman Borlaugh, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver, and Moses Carver.  Together, the actions of these men resulted in a tremendous advance in agriculture, allowing more people to be fed and reducing starvation.  But who was it exactly that saved the world?  Each boy made decisions that let to the development, and the book explains how each day, we have a chance to choose greatness.

I loved this book.  At first, when I read the portion about Norman, I thought, surely there is more to this book then one boy's story.  And was there ever.  I loved how all the stories of all the boys lives were woven together to reach one ultimate act of greatness.

Because the book is about real historical figures, it is a great way to introduce young children to history in a way that they find interesting and relevant.  And while the book does mention God, it is not in any way evangelistic, so it is appropriate for various faiths, and secular use as well.  It would be a great addition to any Sunday School or home school curriculum. The illustrations are lovely, and overall just a great children's book.

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