07 September, 2010
The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews
The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews, is an enjoyably engaging tale of the lives of four boys who grew to become men who made a difference in the lives of many others - especially in the lives of each other. The text is thoughtfully written for young children and the entire book is filled with lovely and colorful illustrations by Philip Hurst.
Too often children are left to idolize movie or television characters, fictional heroes or heroines, and superpowers which, thought they may be fun to dream about and can at times offer valuable lessons, cannot compare with the lives and legacies of real people who truly existed and have stories to tell that actually occurred. I applaud authors such as Andy Andrews for writing a work to offer children both excitement while showing that history is not boring! As I read the short tales from the lives of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, inventor George Washington Carver (whole life alone is a must-discover for every child to inspire faith in the Lord and creativity with the simplest of items), and farmer Moses Carver, I was reminded of how our lives and actions effect others. Additionally, I (and hopefully all other readers), was inspired to make each moment and choice or decision count - not simply for the common good or benefit of others - but for eternity and for the glory of God.
*This book was gratefully received from Thomas Nelson at no cost in exchange for my agreement to post this review.