Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews, illustrated by Philip Hurst

If anything, this children’s book is the kid’s version of The Butterfly Effect, a gift book by the same author. Written for children of reading age but more suitable for those between the ages of six to nine, it tells the story not one, not two but four boys and their impact they made on the world as we know it today.

The large children’s story book is colorfully illustrated by Philip Hurst. The art pleasant to the eye and done in a manner that adds to the mood of the story at the turn of each page. The story is paced well. Language simple to understand.

I was worried about the part that had some mention of slavery and racism I had read in The Butterfly Effect. The author avoids mention of it all together (which is good, if you don’t want to have to explain these matters to a nine year old). He does so without affecting the essence of the story and the truth he wanted to convey. That truth is: Everything you do matters. It doesn’t matter what you do it will have an impact on someone somewhere some time. The spiritual message was not strong but subtle, God is only mention at the end. I recommend this book to all parents. Get it for your child read it with them.
PS: Look out for the butterflies on every page ;-D
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1 comment:

  1. 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!