Originally released as The Boy Who Changed the World in 2010, and renewed in 2014, this children’s book by Andy Andrews in telling a story, really four stories, demonstrates the interconnections of Susan Carver, George Washington Carver, Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace.
Wallace wanted Borlaug to do research to develop seeds capable of growing larger plants to feed more people. Wallace motivated Borlaug’s research. But even with all the motivation would likely never been successful without the groundbreaking research done by George Washington Carver. Would George Washington Carver’s research have happened if he had the orphaned boy not gained an adoptive parent in Susan Carver.
Andrews had an appointment to read to elementary school children. In the conditions our society is living in right now, obviously that wasn’t happening, so he decided to read the book to any child that might want to hear it. He also has study material available for free online.
After I listened to Andrews read his book I wanted to do a little looking around about it online. I really listening to the book. I was surprised when I looked at the book on Amazon. While most of the book reviews were positive, four or five stars, there were a few lower ratings, all of them were one star. I was puzzled, thinking, “how could anyone not like this story?”
It boiled down to three letters that are never mentioned in the book GMO. Before today, while I have heard the letters GMO and I knew it was a food and people were outspoken about what happens to people who eat GMO food. Today I did a little research and found GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. And, at least in my limited reading, no, they are not good for us.
But to focus on GMOs completely misses the point Andrews was making in the book. He emphasized how the characters in his book used God given abilities and hard work to accomplish something they hoped would benefit the world.
What each of Andrew’s characters did was motivated by needs in the world. At their time the world didn’t know what a GMO might be.
The same is true for the author’s intended audience. Further, I would much rather children learn the importance of other people and their contributions, knowing that what happens in the world doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We don’t accomplish things alone. I can say I wrote this post. And, I did, but it wasn’t just me. Cindy took care of other things this evening so I could work. My mom made sure I went to school. Ms. Glidden, my sixth grade teacher and Ms. Foley my fourth grade teachers (hey they are the ones I can remember) made sure I got at least a little English through my thick head. There are also the numerous proofreaders who not only corrected my work but also taught me along the way. There is also the four people Andy Andrews and even Andy Andrews himself. I didn’t do this alone. Rarely, if ever, do we do things alone. Andrews teaches the kids who read his book that very thing.
I still don’t know GMOs. I know enough to avoid them. When my kids were still at home it was my job, not Andy Andrews to feed them. I believe Andrews, through this book, made the world better because it teaches that we don’t move the world alone. But I am also thankful for people who worked to make the world better. Even if they were not successful. Would the world not be better if more of us gave that kind of effort to caring for one another. For me, even though they were wrong, they were right. the world can use more of that.
I pray you have a blessed night.
Seeking the Genuine,
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