Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Butterfly Effect/ The Boy Who Changed The World
The Butterfly Effect is a beautifully illustrated book designed to lift your spirits into purpose-filled motion. The book describes people in history that have impacted our lives. One is a nobel prize winner credited with saving 2 billion people, but then the author begins to work his way backwards, attempting to find who exactly is really responsible with saving this amount of people. What was it that inspired these history changers to make such decisions and actions? It's an enjoyable read filled with little known stories in history. I was glad to have read the e-book version provided by Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze for review, and can see it making a nice coffee table book for guests to pick up and become engaged for ten minutes. It's a quick read.
For a gift book, I can give it 4 out of 5 book lights.
The Boy Who Changed the World is the child version of The Butterfly Effect by the same author, intended to inspire little ones that they can make a difference by the decisions they make, even as a child. It's the same stories, except with some parts deleted that were likely considered too violent or too descriptive for children. It's a good book, and as an adult, I enjoyed it, but for children it still comes across as several history lessons with pictures. Eager learners will perhaps still like it, but I believe the child who will appreciate this book will be old enough to read it himself, or for the 8 to 10 year old that still likes a parent to read a book to them at bedtime. I reviewed this as an e-book from Thomas Nelson/ Booksneeze, and while I could easily navigate it and zoom in on pictures and select text, I think this version would be much better in hardback form. As a children's book for older readers, I give it 2.5 out of 5 book lights.