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Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: "The Kid Who Changed the World"

TITLE: The Kid Who Changed the World
AUTHOR: Andy Andrews
PUBLISHER: Nashville, TN: Thomas-Nelson, 2010, (40 pages).

This is a wonderful little book that inspires. It is about how it takes a community to groom an individual who can ultimately change the world for the better. Called the 'butterfly effect,' it is about how a butterfly after flapping its wings, start to move pockets of air, which in turn move other pockets of air, and so on. Based on the story of George Washington Carver, the famous inventor of more than 266 uses of the humble peanut, and 88 uses of the small potato.

The author is a story-telling whiz. By placing and splicing together the individual lives of Norman Borlaug, Henry A. Wallace (former US President), and George Washington Carver (Professor and Inventor), he shows how each of them influences and encourages one another to change the world in their own special way. Whether directly or indirectly, all of them have a part to play in the invention of special seeds that multiply corn production; about teaching and passing down knowledge; about how those in authority can empower citizens to excel.

My Comments
This short story is a wonderful inspiration and can be shared with both children as well as adults. Do not let the cover of the book deceive you. The message is a universal one, that 'every little thing' that we can do, matters. Do not let any failures discourage anyone from pursuing his goals in life. While there are not many details regarding the individual characters, the reader can easily sense that the more important message is the linkages rather than the persons. It is more community-centric, than self-focused.

This is not a difficult book to read. I recommend it for people who often complain they do not have the time to read. Sometimes the simplest book can carry profound messages. This book is one such book: Inspiring and Educational.


1 comment:

  1. The Boy Who Changed The World tells the story of a man who invented special corn seeds that provided food for millions of people. But this man could never have invented the seeds without the help of the vice president, who never would have been interested in plants if he had not spent time as a child with a brilliant science student. And had the brilliant science student never been rescued from a kidnapping, he never would have known the child who eventually became the vice president who encouraged the inventor to create these special seeds. So who was really the one responsible for providing the food for millions of people?