The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

by Andy Andrews

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Did you know that what you do today can change the world forever?

The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family’s cornfields with his sisters. One day, Norman would grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world!  Or was it Henry Wallace who changed the world?  Or maybe it was George Washington Carver?

This engaging story reveals the incredible truth that everything we do matters! Based on The Butterfly Effect, Andy’s timeless tale shows children that even the smallest of our actions can affect all of humanity. The book is beautifully illustrated and shares the stories of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, Inventor George Washington Carver, and Farmer Moses Carver. Through the stories of each, a different butterfly will appear. The book will end with a flourish of butterflies and a charge to the child that they, too, can be the boy or girl who changes the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418562519
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2010
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 662,664
File size: 61 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit

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The Boy Who Changed the World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard of Norman Borlaug? Do you know what he did to earn a Nobel Prize in 1970 and the U. S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977? Norman grew up on a farm in Iowa and loved to play in his father's cornfields. When his father reminded him of how lucky they were to have the corn, as many people in the world don't have enough to eat, Norman wondered what it would like to be hungry all the time and if there might be a way to use the corn to feed hungry people. Right then, he decided to change the world. When he was older, he worked for a man named Henry Wallace, who hired him to make special seeds that would feed more people than ordinary plants, especially in arid climates. This resulted in saving more than two billion people from starving. But Henry Wallace had also grown up in Iowa, where his father was a college professor. One of his father's students was named George Washington Carver, and he used to take Henry on expeditions in the countryside to teach him about plants. He told Henry, "God made you to make a difference. And I believe you will." Of course, George Washington Carver was a famous scientist who, as a young man, learned that little things can make a big difference and, in addition to encouraging Henry Wallace, invented 266 things from the peanut and 88 things from the sweet potato. And don't forget Moses and Susan Carver, who saved George from Quantrill's Raiders and adopted him. Which of these people actually changed the world? Or was it perhaps all of them? Andy Andrews was hailed by a New York Times writer as someone who has quietly become "one of the most influential people in America." The Boy Who Changed the World is a children's version of his motivational book The Butterfly Effect; it is designed to teach children how important they really are and how the decisions that they make today, big and small, can truly change the world. The superb, lush illustrations by Philip Hurst range from green Iowa cornfields, to the blazing Carver barn at night, to butterflies against a blue sky. Several free PDF file downloads are available at the author's website, including a one-page Reader's Guide with fifteen discussion questions for parents and teachers to help expand their children's learning of the key lessons in the book, and a 54 page Teacher's Curriculum Guide for schools and homeschoolers. Andrews tells kids, "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." This is an important message for all of us remember, and this book conveys it in a fascinating connected story.
thedomesticjock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading, The Boy that Changed the World, with my children. The book flows very well from start to finish and leaves you feeling like you have just journeyed through history. It is a great resource for a Charlotte Mason type class where you can make history come alive!!! When the book parallels the boys' stories with the butterfly effect my children went wild!! They found it so interesting that one butterfly flapping its wings can make such a difference. This gave them a little bit of science in a history class!!! We homeschool and so it is great to have an opportunity to get a little history, a little reading, and a little science all wrapped up in one book!!!! Oh, and the artwork was lovely throughout the entire book!! All in all, I would recommend, The Boy that Changed the World, to anyone with kids or without!!! I, too, enjoyed learning about history through this children¿s book!!!
LadyD_Books on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always delighted to receive quality children's books from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Some of you may have read my earlier posts on many of Andy Andrews books. This time, I must say that Andy Andrews did it again. His latest book, "The Boy Who changed The World" is a brilliant story with a historical theme touching upon the lives of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver. In this respect the older children can relate to the book very well and make a connection.As it turns out, this particular book is based on The Butterfly Effect. And this is the part that I love, that excites me the most. Paying it forward is like the butterfly effect in showing how one person can have an effect on another. An interesting thing is that the vision and message of this inspiring book is totally about how kids matter and that the choices you make in the little, ordinary things that you do can become extra-ordinary in the bigger picture. I highly recommend this inspiring book and give it a top ***** stars! Read it and share it with all! I personally am pleased to have this one in my library for my grandchildren.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andy Andrews has created a story that will resonate with young and old alike. It is a simple message that lets us know that what we do today, our actions will affect the future in some way. This story starts out with a young boy, Norman Borlaug playing in his cornfield. When he grows up he uses what he has learned to save two billion people. The story then goes backwards in time showing how people in his life and on back played an influential part in shaping their lives.This book was fun, informative and beautifully illustrated. It¿s message was so great that I decided to read it to my middle school students the first week of school. I am sure they will enjoy it. I will then pass it on to my grandson.
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FluffyOH More than 1 year ago
I gave to the parents a copy of the Book "The Butterfly Effect" also written by Andy Andrews,so they can have input when their child reads "The Boy Who Changed The World"
MommaP11 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 10-year old grandson, but I read it before giving it to him. What a great book! I learned history that I had never heard before, which is sad, in and of itself. I liked how it built backward upon itself. I asked my grandson if he liked it, and he said he did, and I emphasized to him that HE can change the world. BTW, I've read 4 books by this author now, with another one on the way (from B & N), and I highly recommend his books.
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HarmoniousGlow More than 1 year ago
Genre: Children's Book Rating: 5/5 Stars Summary: The book takes the reader back in time one person at a time, revealing how each person made a small difference that eventually changed the world. Review: This is a great children's book. It has beautiful illustrations, and it teaches a good moral that every person can make a huge difference, even if they don't realize the small things they do are making that difference.
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Eliashib More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for kids about the butterfly effect. Andy Andrews wrote another book called "The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters" and this book is just that book for kids. It's a good book because it really shows kids the value of their life. It also shows the value of one decision made. We sometimes never think of what one decision that we make might one day lead to a massive change in the world. This book takes that concept to the kids level and is very easy to understand for kids. I know that this is a short review, but I can't say much more about this book without saying too much.
xxKutieKayxx More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andwers "The Boy Who Changed the World reveals the incredible truth that everything YOU do matters, what you did yesterday, what you do today, and what you will do tomorrow. Every choice you make, good or bad, can make a difference! In this engaging tale, best-selling author Andy Andrews shows children that every action, however big or small, can have a ripple effect around the world." This book is pretty much exactly like The Butterfly Effect. It is just written in a way that young children ca understand. It shows little kids that they too can change the world, no matter their age. I would also recommend this book to all little children and parents, so they to can be inspired and know that they matter too!
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Bantongirl More than 1 year ago
Andy Andrew's book entitled The Boy Who Changed the World was a fun and encouraging read! This is a great, heart warming story for all ages to enjoy- especially elementary ages. I loved the illustrations- they were vibrant and beautiful. The Boy Who Changed the World is actually three different little boys and how they lived their childhood dreams out into adulthood. Each of the little boys needed the others to make their dream come true. I enjoyed the fictional-look to a real-life story! A great addition to an American history lesson! Andrew's other popular book, The Butterfly Effect is paraphrased at the end of The Boy Who Changed the World- so for the cost of one book, you get two lessons! The publisher provided a free copy of this book for me in exchange for an honest review.
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Laura007 More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is an inspirational childrens book explaining the extraordinary impact of individual lives. Packed full of adventure and optimism, this book delights the eyes with pages of excellent watercolor illustrations while delivering a strong moral and motivational message - earning a place on my must-gift list. I enjoyed this childrens version of this book much more than the adult counterpart (The Butterfly Effect also by Andy Andrews). This childrens version conveys well a truth missed in the adult book: beyond realizing that our actions and choices are impactful, it's important to realize that the inherent morality of those choices matters. For example, the mother in one story tells her son, "I'm proud of you for making a good choice today" - highlighting the truth that it's important not just to take action, but to choose good actions over bad. Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
KoleD More than 1 year ago
For those of you who enjoy reading and interacting with your children, The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews would be a great addition to your library. Setting children up at an early age to understand their importance and that little things do matter are the foundation of Andrews book. A delightful review of history from some well known figures to some less than well known figures, but an overwhelming interconnectedness amongst all people is written in a way to captivate audiences from young to old. I appreciated the manner in which the book was crafted and illustrated. A nice conversational tone created an environment that even the youngest of children will enjoy. In our ever changing hyper competitive world, Andrews book sets forth a simple example that one deed can literally change the world. Think not? You have to read The Boy Who Changed the World to see the power of one small task, one small deed, one passing comment-they can be game changers. I received an EBook version of The Boy Who Changed the World from I am under no obligation to write a positive review and as such, the review is one hundred percent my thoughts and opinions on Andy Andrews book.
MickMcArt More than 1 year ago
How about all three! This is a very clever book that shows how God can use even the smallest of us to make a huge difference in the world. I really enjoyed how the author did the research to go back through history to show how God had played a part in changing the lives of four of history's important men, and how it affects us today. The boys were Norman Borlaug, Moses Carver, George Washington Carver, and Henry Wallace. How did they change the world? You'll have to buy this fun book and find out for yourself. It's amazing that I learned so much from a children's book what I was never taught in the public school system. It's stories like this that make american history fascinating and I think your kids will love these too. The illustrations are spot on, and capture the feeling of the moment. From a boy playing hide and seek in a cornfield, to the tears of a boy watching a fire burn down a barn, Philip Hurst did a great job bringing this book to life for me. I recommend this book for children and adults. The spiritual side of history is never shown that much today and it was a breath of fresh air to read this book. The book is available from Tommy Nelson press. Review by Mick McArt author, Tales of Wordishure
Elizabeth_GardenWindow More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews Published by Thomas Nelson I was initially inspired to request this book by the illustrations as much as by the author and the subject matter, and when the book arrived, I was definitely not disappointed ! My children and I absolutely loved the truly wonderful attractive pictures, which complement each page of thoughtful text. The basic premise is very simple; each person's actions, no matter how trivial, will have an impact on other people and their lives, in an enormous chain which Andy Andrews calls "The Butterfly Effect". Even the actions of children are important, and this delightful book focuses on the lives and actions of four people. Even though my children and I were unfamiliar with the lives of the people mentioned, they really enjoyed the stories, although my 8 year old did get a little confused initially with the technique of reverse sequencing in the narrative. My 12 year old thought the book was superb, and as well as relishing the story, she really enjoyed noticing and picking out the different techniques used to provide emphasis to certain points in the storyline: spacing, font type and sizing, repetition of key words and phrases etc as well as identifying key themes. This is definitely a book we will read again and again as a family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
mandasparkle More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Changed the World is a great book for children and for adults to read to children. It is an inspiring story of how one person can really make a difference in the world and how one person can influence another person and so on and so on to lead to an ultimate outcome for good. It is known as the "butterfly effect" where one thing you do has consequences you may never imagine for everyone on Earth. This is a great story to show that we are all connected and that everything we do does matter because not only does it affect you personally but it affects everyone else in the world personally too. This is a great way to get children to understand cause and effect and to let them know there is a reason why they are here and they have a purpose even if they don't know what that purpose is yet. It can also teach children that the decisions they make today and tomorrow are very important, not only for their own life but for the lives of others too. Thinking about others and how a decision or action could affect another person helps children and adults both think about and put others ahead of themselves and help you become less selfish. This is a great book I would recommend to especially for children and parents. It's a great and true story which makes it even better. I am book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Booksneeze and received this book free of charge to write a review. All opinions are my own.
beththebookreader More than 1 year ago
From NY times bestseller, Andy Andrews, The Boy Who Changed the World, is a heartwarming story of how even the smallest of decisions can alter the course of one's life. This beautifully illustrated children's book tells the story of Nobel laureate, Norman Borlaug, whose desire to feed the hungry was influenced by a chain reaction of historical figures including Vice President Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver. The premise of the book is that one decision, no matter how small, can have a lasting impact. This story is good for children and adults alike and echoes the idea that when you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything. Based on Andrew's famous book, The Butterfly Effect, The Boy Who Changed the World, gives children a charge to go out and change their world. Andrew's story shows children that with God, all things are possible and to never place limits on the influence they have to change the world. Andrews and Hurst (illustrator) team up to present a lovely story for all...big or small.
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