As usual, these books may not be new in the publishing world, but they are new to the library, and to me.
This first one was published in 2010, and I don't know how we missed it.
Andrews gives a very concrete example of the butterfly effect, describing choices made by a string on young men, going back to George Washington Carver's adoptive father, and ending with Norman Borlaug, who developed a 'super seed' that is credited with saving 2 billion lives! The gentle but pervasive message is that our actions, no matter how small, can make a huge difference down the line. That's certainly a message it would behoove all of us to remember.
Sometimes I look over a new book and think, "I need to take this one home to my kids." This time, I finished reading it, and thought, "Heck with that, this is one we need to own!" From the minute mama hen's chicks are born, the other farm animals - and even the farmer - are telling her to "make them be good!" Wise mama hen realizes, however, that her spirited, smart, curious little ones are being good - and when the time comes (as you know it will), they save the day.