Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

The illustrated children's book, The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, by Tommy Nelson publishers,  is a story based on the quasi- scientific principle, coined in the early 1960s, "The Butterfly Effect".  This theory, when applied to human society in general, refers to the idea that the actions of one individual in his or her own lifetime, may have momentous effects for untold numbers far into the future. This concept makes a good storyline for a children's book.  Actually, this book is the childrens' counterpart to the gift book Butterfly Effect, also by Andrews as well.   Andrews uses the examples of a few historical figures in American history and how their actions in their lifetime, affect millions and billions of people in the world today.  This motivational story illustrated how even a child and his actions, have the ability to impact large  numbers of people into the future. Perhaps for a child, after reading the story,  it might take a  leap to make the correlation of how his or her own actions can have a significant impact on others, but this does make a good starting point for a discussion.  The use of historical examples makes this book educational as well, but for a young child the "Butterfly Effect" moral of the story might not be so obvious to understand. A younger child could easily lose track of the connections or timeline of the actual historical figures in the storyline. Some children may feel the repetition is an effective tool  of prose, while for others, it may cause the listener to lose interest.   This book will have a greater impact if it is used as a spring board for a discussion afterwords inorder to applies the morals learned at a more personal level. As a blogger for Thomas Neslson's blogger program, I recieved this book for review.  I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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