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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World

Thomas Nelson Publishers has once again provided an excellent resource to parents striving to teach their children positive and life-changing values.

I was provided a copy of Andy Andrews latest children's book The Boy Who Changed the World, by Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.  

Mr. Andrews does a delightful job of adapting the stories of Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver in this chidren's book format.  Phillip Hurst's illustrations burst with color and spark the imagination.  This book is based on Andrew's popular book The Butterfly Effect.  

My four year old son enjoys this book and the story of these "boys" changing the world has given opportunity for me to talk with my son about the affect that his actions have on others, whether they be positive or negative.  Because of the opportunity this book provides, I've been able to do that in a non-threatening, non-preachy kind of way.

This book is also an excellent way to introduce a bit of history to your younger child.  There are even downloadable school curriculum related to this book available by visiting  I'll certainly be using these resources with my son.

But perhaps the most important thing this book helps parents to teach (and a good reminder for parents themselves!) is stated best in the last few lines of the book:
"That means every little thing YOU do matters:  what you did yesterday, what you do today, and what you do tomorrow.  God made your life so important that every move you make, every action you take, matters...and not only for you or the people around you.  Everything you do matters for everyone and for all time!  When you think about it like that...WOW!  That means YOU can be the kid who changes the world!"
 So, if you are a parent or grandparent and are concerned about instilling life changing values in your children and grandchildren and going against the tide of current thought in our society that "it's all about me and what I want" then I whole heartedly recommend you get a copy of this book!  It can be purchased at by using the link below.  If you order through this link I'll get a small commission from the sale.