Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Children's Book Review: "The Kid Who Changed the World" by Andy Andrews -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

The Kid Who Changed the World, Andy Andrews

Length: 40 Pages
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Company
ISBN-10: 1400324335
ISBN-13: 9781400324330

I was first introduced to author, Andy Andrews when I was given Andrews' NY Times best selling "The Butterfly Effect" to read a few years back.  The theme of the book is this -- "The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize."  The story itself is truly inspirational and will have you reevaluate your life and how you make decisions that will impact your life and those around you.  So, when I heard that Andy Andrews was releasing a book for young children (ages 4-8 yrs. old) through Tommy Nelson, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and review.
A couple of weeks ago I was sent "The Kid Who Changed the World," which is based on true stories.  Children who read or listen to this book will learn that even they can make a difference, even though they are young.  
About the Book:
"The Kid Who Changed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who would one day 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 Vice President Henry Wallace who changed the world? Or maybe it was George Washington Carver? But what about Susan Carver?
This engaging story reveals the incredible truth that everything we do matters! Based on his book The Butterfly Effect, Andy’s timeless tale shows children that even the smallest of our actions can make a difference in someone’s life. In turn, that person makes a difference in someone else’s life, and the blessing is passed from person to person. Through each character’s story, readers will see that they, too, can be the kid who changes the world.
Now updated with Susan Carver’s story and brand-new illustrations by Phillip Hurst!"

I couldn't wait to share this book with my girls and talk to them about how they can make a difference, and how things they do impact others, through a ripple effect that can be felt around the world.  The first time I read this book, both of my girls loved this book.  This colorful illustrations which have been updated by Phillip Hurst kept them engaged.  There were a few occasion they asked me to go back a few pages, so that they could enjoy the illustrations.

Book Illustration

While Bella is still a little to understand the whole ripple effect and how her actions, both good and bad, affect her and those around her, Savannah was able to understand this.  She turned to me and said, "From now on, I will think before I act."  I couldn't believe I was hearing this from my almost 4 yr. old.  And, she meant it.  Now, whenever she has a decision to make, I can see her stopping to think about how it would effect others.  

I have lost count on how many times we have read this book.  All I know is that is has become a staple in our daily reading.  I also passed it along to a few fellow homeschooling parents who shared it with their children, and have since picked up a copy to add to their children's book collections.

If you like books that will inspire and make young children think, this is one book worth checking out.  Adult fans of Andy Andrews "The Butterfly Effect" will enjoy reading this book to their children, as it as a similar feel as Andrews shared more about the ripple effect, this time to the younger audience.


Thanks to the kind folks at Tommy Nelson, one lucky reader will win a copy of "The Kid Who Changed the World" by Andy Andrews to share with their child(ren).  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. I encourage my boys to be honest and compassionate. We are vegetarian and fight for what is right.