Last night we celebrated the importance of literacy with our friends by hosting a Happy New School Year Party. Next week you’ll hear about all the fun we had gathering books to donate to a very lucky school in our community, so stay tuned for that. Before the party, however, I asked my two oldest children to go through their bookshelves and pick out three books they no longer read to put into the donation. Once they made their selections, we placed them in the basket and talked about some of the books we decided to keep. One particular book struck up a memory in my 8-yr-old son as he says, “Mom, I thought that book we read a few days ago, about the boy who changed the world, was really cool.”
I was asked to review this particular book, but wanted to choose the perfect time to read it to my children. The day I heard my son helping my daughter study for her spelling test was the day I thought I’d introduce Andy Andrews’ newest book The Boy Who Changed The World. This day was perfect, because this was the day I found my son doing something good for someone else without anyone asking him to. Everything we do matters, even if it’s as small as calling out spelling words.
The Boy Who Changed the World reveals the incredible truth that everything YOU do matters. In this engaging tale, bestselling author Andy Andrews shows children that every action, however big and small, can have a ripple effect around the world. The Boy Who Changed the World, is a children’s version of his popular book The Butterfly Effect.
When I sat to read The Boy Who Changed The World to my children they were on the edge of their seat. At the beginning of the book you’re introduced to Norman, the boy who changed the world, but as you read further you meet other boys and men who might have been the reason Norman changed the world. In essence, one can easily say any one of THEM was the boy who changed the world. In the end children learn that every little thing you do matters – no matter how big or small.
One particular back story hit close to home for me. You learn about Norman Borlaug, Mr. Henry Wallace, then George Washington, but not the George Washington we all know as the President of the United States. We’re introduced to George Washington Carver, a man who later went on to develop 266 things that we still use today from a plant we know as the peanut, and another 88 things we still use today from another plant we know as the sweet potato.
Why does this hit home? Because I grew up in a very small Elementary in a very small Texas town. It has been, since, torn down and labeled as “chemically toxic”. You should see the gates around it, but the big historic Oak Trees still surround it reminding me of my childhood.
The Elementary used to be a High School. A High School for blacks only called George Washington Carver High School. It was turned into an Elementary, but the history was still inside for all of us to learn about – the pictures, the stories, the life of segregation.
I grew up learning about George Washington Carver and now my children are introduced to the very SAME man who affected me over 25 years ago.
Now as a Mom, I’m encouraged to teach my children about this brilliant man, but most of all, with the help of Andy Andrews’ new book, show them how fast the world evolves and how we’re all interconnected, but God uses everything we do for a bigger purpose we can never fully understand at the moment. This book also engages young children with it’s bright vivid illustrations. My 3-yr-old was so excited when we turned to this page:
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