My daughter was excited to receive a picture book to help me review, and, as usually happens, her brother was sucked into the story too!
The Boy Who Changed the World is a picture book by Andy Andrews, distributed by Tommy Nelson, that is based on the idea of the “butterfly effect” – that all our choices and actions, even little ones, can cause big changes in the world. In the book, we get to read the stories of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, Inventor George Washington Carver, and Farmer Moses Carver, and each of their good acts causes a beautiful butterfly to appear in the world. At the end of the book, we see all the butterflies with an encouraging message that we, too, can change the world.
Both kids enjoyed the book at different levels and my daughter has asked to read it several times.
As you know, I do review for Tommy Nelson, a Christian publisher, even though we’re not a Christian family. Sometimes I find the Christian overtones to be too much for us, but other times they are a more smoothly integrated part of the book. Luckily for us, that’s the case with The Boy Who Changed the World – there is not a blatant Christian message throughout; most mention of the Christian god is kept to the end, which is fine for our purposes.