Andy Andrews digs into the annals of American history to tell the story of how one boy’s actions affected another, which in turn affected another and eventually impacted billions. In this large size children’s book illustrated by Philip Hurst, Andrews reminds children that every human being is on earth for a purpose. The actions taken by each unique individual will have lasting consequences. Every word spoken, every action taken, every decision made will affect others for generations to come. Everything we do matters.
Andrews’ story is based on a concept in Chaos Theory, metaphorically named the “butterfly effect.” This theory posits that a small change in an initial condition can produce large variations long-term. The name derived from the idea that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings may cause small changes in conditions that may have a direct impact in the path or occurrence of a tornado. In other words, one thing may lead to another even greater event.
The message in this book is timeless. It lets children know from an early age that their choices have consequences. Everyone has the potential to make a difference with even the smallest of acts and this book highlights that simple but profound truth.
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