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The Boy Who Changed the World

4.54 of 5 stars 4.54  ·  rating details  ·  232 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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 worl
ebook, 40 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published August 27th 2010)
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I really enjoyed this book, as did my two year old son. But I do think it is a book better suited for an older child, because I am sure my 2 year old did not really understand the meaning of the story. But, a good story it is nonetheless. I like the graphics, how they are more real and not too cartoonish, like some books. I also like the flow of the book, how it tells a story, yet also teaches something. It also makes a child think that they can be somebody worthy and do something to change the ...more
Jean Marie
The Boy Who Changed the World is a good story for 8-10 year olds. This story can really show children how they can make a difference and that little things they do matter, even if they feel that they don't. In this story students are able to see the connection of the different things Moses, George, Henry, and Norman did in the world to help over 2 billion people to have something to eat. I think students could relate to this story in seeing how young these children were and really thought about ...more
Shirley Corder
This beautifully illustrated book is one of these children's books which will also inspire and entertain the adult reader. The message revealed through this engaging tale is that every choice you make, whether good or bad, can make a difference. It illustrates the so-called "butterfly effect" in a way that even the youngest child will understand, yet will also engage the adult reader.

Andrews weaves together the stories of four little boys who each grew up wanting to make a difference to the worl
This story really shows how one persons actions, no matter how small, effects everything. I also read George Washington Carver and he is mentioned in The Boy Who Changed the World. They definitely should be read at the same time!
Celita Diaz perillo
This is another favorite of mine, a book I thoroughly enjoy reading to and with my kids, or by myself. At the time that we recieved this book as a gift, I was going through a time of challenge myself, and I was also in search of reading material that would encourage and bless my kids to see their worth in a grander scheme. Sometimes we can get a little discouraged with life, right? And we can sometimes forget why we even matter? Well, this book took my perspective of my life and twirled in hope ...more
Best selling author, Andy Andrews, does a wonderful job illustrating with the art of words exactly what the butterfly effect is in his children’s book The Boy Who Changed the World. Philip Hurst does his job well in the wonderful illustrations that add to the story. The story starts with how a boy named Norman changed the world, and throughout his story a butterfly follows along. Once you finish reading about Norman you find out that really a boy named Henry changed the world and there you see a ...more
This book tells the story of the remarkable mentoring that happened over generations that resulted in the creation of a disease and drought resistant variety of wheat that has saved 2 billion people from starvation. We are all connected. Every action we make matters. It matters a lot.

I recently had the opportunity to review The Boy Who Changed the World, a new children's title by Andy Andrews. Based on his book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters, it tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who developed special corn, wheat, and rice seeds...disease resistant, high yield seeds that fed millions.

Really though, it's four mini-biographies seamlessly woven into one. Because, you see, Norman never could have done it without Vice President Henry Wallace, who was in turn influenc
Jo Rae Jetton

What if you knew every act and interaction between you and another would make a difference to the entire world? Would that knowledge change your vision, your words, and your plan?

That’s the message you’ll discover inside Andy Andrews children’s book, The Boy Who Changed the World. Colorful pages chronicle individuals who chose to make a difference. In pursuing their God-given passions, each fulfilled their purpose and touched the lives of others. In the final pages of the bo
Brenten Gilbert
This is the kid’s version of the story… by the way, i believe the story was at least referenced in The Noticer, but i could’ve been familiar with it from somewhere else… Anyway, the story is, as expected, about a boy who changed the world… Norman Borlaug to be exact… maybe… i read this to the littles and they both really enjoyed the story – not sure how much of the message came through, but they laughed everytime the opening sentence repeated… “I want to tell you about the boy who changed the wo ...more
Lynn Dove
The Boy Who Changed the World
Delightfully colourful and easy to read, this book shows the ripple effect of what one action you make, big or small, good or bad, can make a difference that might change the world. It is a decidedly positive message for children of all ages and it is a timely one.
Having read “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews before reading this book, I already knew the historical significance of the characters mentioned in this book. That said, you do not need to read “The But
Does what you do really matter? Even when you are a child? Yes, each life matters. "The Boy Who Changed the World" is a wonderful story for children showing how each person affects others around them. Norman Borlaug was a normal young man who loved to play in the cornfields. But, there was something Norman didn't like and that was knowing that someone didn't have enough to eat. His plan was to grow special seeds to grow super plants and try to stamp out hunger. Norman studied and succeeded, but ...more
Daniel Butcher

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
Andy Andrews provides a version of his new book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters in The Boy Who Changed the World. Andrews tells the story of the development of special corn seeds by Norman, a boy who dreamed of feeding the poor, as the boy who changed the world. But Andrews goes on to ask if it was Norman that saved the world or three other boys, Henry, George or Moses whose actions helped lead to the success of Norman’s seeds in saving bi
Annette Kerr
I am privileged to have received a review copy of this wonderful and inspiring book by New York Times best-selling author, and in-demand public speaker, Andy Andrews.

The Boy Who Changed the World is a delightful children’s version of Andy Andrew’s book The Butterfly Effect. As with the adult version, this book is about the concept of permanent purpose, where every single human being has the ability to potentially change the course of billions of peoples’ lives, now and in the future. This book t
Dana Rongione
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a wonderful children's story based on the "butterfly effect." The focus of the book is to help children understand that each action, whether good or bad, affects someone else. Andrews, in his own unique way, takes you through the life of not just one boy, but four boys who changed the world through a ripple effect. Each one's actions affected the actions of the next, and in the end, the world was changed.

I found this book to be well-written, inter
This book is FANTASTIC. It takes such an important and beautiful message, and puts it in perspective for a child. That important and beautiful message: YOU can make a difference. Everything YOU do is important and matters!"
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and the storyline is just as sweet as can be. I read this book to my 7-year old daughter and my 3-year old son. (And of course, to myself.) Not only did I come away feeling motivated, my daughter sat in awe at the amazing idea that SH
The Butterfly Effect

The Boy Who Changed the World

Both of these books deal with Andy Andrew’s idea that every little thing we do matters; we never know the impact that we will have in the end. The butterfly effect is a part of chaos theory and in essence states that when a butterfly flaps their wings on this side of the world, it makes a tornado happen on the other side of the world. The butterfly doesn't cause the tornado per se, but without that flapping of the wings that particular tornado wo
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 versio
New York Times bestselling author and corporate speaker, Andy Andrews, has just released a children's book titled The Boy Who Changed the World. Illustrated by Philip Hurst and published by Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the book tells the story of four boys whose actions impacted the rest of the world.

Norman Borlaug grew up in the cornfields of Iowa. As an adult he was responsible for developing super plants that would feed millions of people around the world.

Henry Wallac
A little history, a pinch of nature, and a big life lesson – that about sums up this enjoyable children's book. The illustrations were great! Ages 5 and up would probably be best suited for understanding and enjoyment.

The book gives three quick stories of four real children who grew up to change the world: Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, Moses Carver and George Washington Carver. While I wasn't familiar with the first two historical figures, I think everyone knows about George Washington Carver
This is the story about a little boy named Norman who grew up to cross breed kernels of corn that could be grown in different climates which saved people from starvation. Norman was hired by Henry Wallace who was impacted by George Washington Carver who was saved from death by Moses Carver.

The message is that each man's choices impacted how another's life would be, creating a chain of events that eventually saved billions of lives.

Written as a children's book, the author uses easy to understand
Before I have done my own review, I let my son who just recently turned 13 to read it first. I forgot he is no longer a boy but he is a bookworm like me and so I am proud to say this book review is special as my son took active participation.

This book is beautiful illustrated in watercolors that brings the story alive in vivid colors that little children can truly appreciate. But there is more that meets the eye.

This is about how you can change the world and make it a better place for everyone a
Lenore Webb
'The Boy who Changed the World'. I really love this as it is a book that shows that what one person does effects the next. Noble laureate Norman Borlaug was able to hybridize wheat and has helped prevent starvation to billions of people world wide. Now this is an amazing accomplishment and he should be quite proud of the fact he has made such an impact on this earth. But it is then noticed that he was able to because of the people who effected the world before him. From his own father to Vice Pr ...more
This book is about all the boys who changed the world. Norman changed the world but he couldn't have done it without the help of Henry. Henry couldn't have done it without George and George couldn't have done it without his dad! Many people can change the world and this book is about changing the world and how you can change the world too!
Great story and beautiful illustrations add to a story that I know from his adult books. I love Andy Andrews and his view of the importance of every choice we make. I was first introduced to the story in this book in a DVD of one of his performances and then again in one of his books for adults. The idea is that one choice you make today can change the world, and you never know where this influence will stop. In this story, Andrews writes of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wa ...more
Karie Hall
The Boy Who Changed the World
By Andy Andrew

This book is an amazing childrens book. My son is three , he might not be old enough to understand the impact of the book but by next year he will. This book shows how each person plays a role not only in their own lives but in the lives around them , we are all connected in one way or another.

For example the boy in the book was tought by a man about all types of plants, when he grew up he became a teacher and tought others about plants, one of his stu
Sep 07, 2010 Tomi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tomi by: Booksneeze
Every single thing you do matters. This book provides a history lesson and is sure to be a classic. Andy Andrews traces the life of one person and connects it to that of the next person and connects that life to that of the next person. And so on and so on.

This book not only teaches history but ties in the importance of how everything in this world is the result of something else.

My Thoughts: The Boy Who Changed the World is one of the most delightful stories I have read with my kids in a lon
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Sandra Stiles
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, inform
Lynnda Ell
The Boy Who Changed the World introduces children to the “Butterfly Effect.” In this delightful narrative, one boy’s decision to change the world is traced back through the lives of three other people in previous generations to see the way their decisions affected him. I shared it with my 10-year-old granddaughter who enjoyed the stunning artwork by Philip Hurst and who was fascinated by the connectivity in the lives of the four men. If you have a child or grandchild between the ages of 6 and 11 ...more
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~ New York Times Bestselling Author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift

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