Continuing our quality children's books link up this week,
in honor of Children's Book Week, we have a great book on cause and effect!
The bestselling book now featuring revised content and new illustrations!
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!
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This book is aimed at kids 4-8, but it really more aimed at second -third graders I would say, due to the reading level, and due to being able to understand the 'The Butterfly Effect' concept. I did have to help Miss Grace with words, and we had a great talk after reading the book about cause and effect, and how one person CAN make a huge change in the world, by doing something that doesn't seem big at the time it is done.
It's also a lesson in the '6 degrees of separation', as it teaches how people can be link back to one another, when you normally wouldn't put them together. The ideas they had were worthwhile and I believe at heart, meant to truly be beneficial. But it is hard to explain the whole GMO issue with a first grader and have them understand where a good idea can go bad. But the book can be used as a catalyst for more discussion, and I can see where it would be a worthwhile home schooling book. I would just recommend it for older kids, than what it is stated for.
About the Author:
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.
About the Illustrator:
Phillip studied illustration at Kingston University and left with a BA (Hons) degree in 1995. While there he began his career, having 2 of his illustrated books short listed for the MacMillan Children’s book prize, during two consecutive years. He has been a freelance illustrator and a staff nurse at his local hospital. He is currently developing his own children’s book ideas. He lives with his wife and three young sons on Romney Marsh in Kent, England.