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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review of The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

This nugget of a children’s book par excellence is a must read for children of all ages! In a true story of three prominent men is the recurring theme that anyone can make a difference in this world by their actions! The story begins with a little boy named Norman playing in the corn fields around home, and dreaming of feeding all the hungry people of the world. That dream became a reality later in life, exemplifying that something extraordinary can come out of the ordinary.

As a youngster Henry was fascinated with plants. Growing up he realized that God can use the simple things in life, like plants, to teach valuable lessons. One of his professor father’s students named George believed in Henry, saying “…Remember, Henry, God made you to make a difference. And I believe you will.” Henry ultimately became a very famous United States elected official.

George was the third little boy in this book. His parents died when he was young. One day George began carving a crutch for a friend with a crippled ankle. Observing his dedication to the task, his adopted mother said, “I bet your friend will be mighty grateful for that crutch. You know, George, little things can make a big difference. Everything we do matters. Every action you take, even small things, can change the world.” George became a famous teacher and inventor of many useful items, some of which are still being used today.

Three young inquisitive boys pursued their dreams. Each had people who believed in them and encouraged them to be all they could be. Those boys grew up impacting our world in positive ways. Just as a pebble thrown on the water creates ripples, so each person’s choices, attitudes and actions affect those around them.

Andy Andrews is a uniquely gifted writer enticing young and old alike to read and re-read the story. Preschoolers will hear it as a good story; elementary children will enjoy the storyline as entertainment while learning important history lessons. Parents, even grandparents, may use the book as an opportunity to teach significant life principles while sharing from their own personal experiences.

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Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review
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