Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World
This is a delightful children's book that tells the story of how one person can make a difference. The book begins with the story of Norman Borlaug, who lived on a farm in Iowa. Norman loved playing hide-and-seek in the cornfields of his family farm. His father had told him how lucky they were to have so much corn because there are some people who didn't have enough food to eat. Norman wondered, "What would it be like to be hungry all the time?" Right then and there, we're told, "Norman decided to change the world." The book continues to tell the stories of Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver, and Moses Carver and how they were all connected to Norman Borlaug in some way.
The book does an excellent job at explaining how each child can make a difference in this world. It is beautifully illustrated and has a different butterfly on each page symbolizing the "butterfly effect" which shows how one person can have an effect on another.
I read this book to my first grade class and the loved it! I'd recommend this book for children of all ages.