I've been meaning to get my hands on this book. I hear it's a real gem. One question. "What children's book changed the way you see the world?" Okay, okay... maybe two questions because more importantly Anita Silvey asks "How?"
Of course there isn't just one answer (is there ever?) but over a hundred by notable leaders and figures from different fields. Business, politics, arts, medicine, journalism, sports. The works.
William DeVries, who helped develop the world's first artificial heart chose Wizard of Oz thinking about the lines of Tin Woodman many, many times over his lifetime. "For my part, I will bear all the unhappiness without a murmur, if you will give me a heart."
Nona, I know Chicha loves Ezra Jack Keats' Snowy Day. Looks like she's not alone. Author Sherman Alexie chose this one for the very reason that "it was pretty much the only protagonist with dark skin..It was the first time I looked at a book and saw a brown, black, beige character - a character who resembled me physically and spiritually, in all his gorgeous loneliness and splendid isolation" leading him to believe "People might want to listen to me too."