Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Book Review: The Boy who Changed the World

I received this gem in the mail the other day.  Andy Andrews', The boy who changed the world, is a children's story.  It is the true story of Norman Borlaug, who was the man who developed "Super plants" which saved an estimated 2 billion lives.  However, the book goes on to describe the man who influenced Borlaug: Henry Wallace.  Henry was influenced by inventor George Washington Carver, who was influenced by Moses Carver.

The moral is spelled out quite clear: your actions matter.  The choices you make will have an impact on the world.  The story is told in a simple enough way that my 3 and 5 year old enjoyed it until the end.  The rich, detailed drawings only enhanced the overall product.  This book will is enjoyable for adults as well.

I found that the book did a great job of showing how one life can affect another.  The message was strong morally, although not necessarily religious.  I appreciated the challenge at the end: "decide now to change the world."

This book was provided to me in exchange for an impartial review. The opinions expressed were in no way influenced by this fact.

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