The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind When fourteen year old William Kamkwamba s Malawi village was hit by a drought everyone s crops began to fail Without enough money for food let alone school William spent his days in the library an

  • Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • Author: William Kamkwamba Bryan Mealer Elizabeth Zunon
  • ISBN: 9780803735118
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When fourteen year old William Kamkwamba s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone s crops began to fail Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the loWhen fourteen year old William Kamkwamba s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone s crops began to fail Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how even in the worst of times a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.

    One thought on “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

    1. Rating: 4.5* of five ***2017 UPDATE***Not only is this a perfect read for the political climate prevailing today, it's got a film adaptation written and produced by, and starring, the excellent Chiwetel Ejiofor! Whaddaya mean, WHO?! The Operative from Serenity! Mordo from Doctor Strange! Lola in Kinky Boots! That's who!The Publisher Says: When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school [...]

    2. It's a true story. An utterly inspirational story of a young boy who brought electricity to his village in Malawi at age 14 and there is so much to inspire him - curiosity, ingenuity, the importance of reading and education, appreciation for the bounty we have been blessed with, what it's like to experience a famine, etc. He'll also learn about science, about the culture in Africa and how hard some people have to work to eke out a living. There is no graphic sex or violence. I highly recommend i [...]

    3. When his family slowly begins to starve due to the severe drought in Malawi in Africa, fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba decides to do something about it. Although despair over the family's situation could have overwhelmed him once he was forced to stop attending school, William used an English dictionary to help him comb through science books at the library that might help him solve the villagers' need for water and for electricity. The mechanically-inclined young man was inspired by the pict [...]

    4. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, tells the true story of William Kamkwamba and how his imagination and motivation helped save the small village of Malawi, Africa. William was a boy who enjoyed building things and taking them apart, he wondered what made things work, and he also believed in magic. William was only 14 years old when a drought hit his small village, and without water there were now crops, and without crops there was no money. William stopped going to school in order to save money, b [...]

    5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.This wonderful nonfiction book, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, tells young William's story of life in drought-ravaged Malawi. Instead of accepting things as they were, William visited the village library, learned more about renewable energy, and proceeded to build a windmill that would bring electricity to his village. Although many people called him [...]

    6. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a fascinating real life story about a boy from a poverty stricken area in Africa. People's crops are dying, and the already dire situation becomes even worse. The boy has to quit school in order to work, which is an all to real issue for children in these poverty areas. However, instead of being resigned to his fate, he instead figures out a way to bring electricity to his community, by creating a windmill out of old discarded junk. We can see the use of color v [...]

    7. Fourteen-year-old William's Malawi village was hit by a drought, and so all of the villagers' crops begin to fail. Without enough money for food, his father asks William to drop out of school so he can help support his family. To learn, William spends his days in the library and figures out how to bring electricity to his village. William comes across a junkyard full of parts to make the windmill. Will he be able to put what he learned to the test?William Kamkwamba's story from his past of a 14 [...]

    8. William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala—crazy—but William was det [...]

    9. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story about a teenage boy with a little education and a lot of heart who becomes a self-taught engineer. With his family on the verge of starvation during a famine in Malawi, William checks out a book from the local library that inspires him to experiment with creating energy from wind. Since there is no translation for ‘windmill’ in the Malawian language, he calls it "electric wind". The entire village, including his own friends and family think he's [...]

    10. This picture book version of the nonfiction book manages to translate the story of William Kamkwamba with clarity and inspiration. When a drought hit his village in Malawi in 2001 and 2002, 14-year-old William and his family were in real danger of starving. William had always through about machines and even after he was forced to leave school due to the drought, he kept reading books about them. He thought about what could be done with a windmill in his village, bringing light and water. So he h [...]

    11. William’s story takes place in Malawi at a time of drought and famine. He comes up with an idea that could help his village but his neighbors think he is crazy. Will his plan work? Will he give up? This is a truly inspirational story of how one boy’s desire for an education led him to take action in order to help his family and his villageThis non-fiction book wonderfully tells the real life story of how William Kamkwamba helped bring water and electricity to his village by erecting a windmi [...]

    12. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the true story of William, a young boy in Africa. William taught himself how to make a windmill so that he could make 'electric wind'. The story is motivational and inspiring. When reading to a child it would be wise to discuss how it is a true story. Children will be fascinated to learn what a young man was able to do. The book is written with a narrative tone and moves quickly through the book. The art covers the pages edge to edge and is beautifully done. Som [...]

    13. This book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, was about a young man named William Kamkwamba. William lived in Malawi, Africa with his family and fellow community. The story shows the events that occurred and how he brought about his life changing idea for the people around him. As times got worse, he still kept his head up and kept innovating, creating and crafting his idea into something that will soon help everyone around him in many ways. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a telling of a true st [...]

    14. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a true story about a boy, William, who persevered through hard times. Besides being a well written and wonderful illustrated children’s book, this story also allows for the reader to gain a new perspective. We as readers are transported into the life of young man who lives in a small village in Malawi. We quickly discover through the descriptive text, that this is a place where farmers did not have a lot of money. The drawings in the book allows us to visualiz [...]

    15. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind is a story based on true events. When the village of 14-year-old William hits a severe drought that affects the crops in very deep ways. One way in which it affected William is that he was now only going to eat once a day. Another way is that he dropped out of school because of this drought. Because the crops were not growing, his family was unable to keep paying the tuition fees. William found out a way so that he could help fix the dire situation in which they we [...]

    16. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a memoir written by William Kamkwamba. The story is about Kamkwamba’s experience growing up in Malawi, Africa. In this tiny village, there was no electricity and all of the families would rely on the weather to grow food to eat from their fields. There ended up being a terrible drought in 2001 and 2002, which destroyed all of the crops that they depended on as a food source. As a result, the Malawi people began to starve and were lucky if they were able to eat [...]

    17. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, is about a young boy named William who lives in a tiny village in Malawi, Africa. His family is very poor, and doesn't have electricity. When a flash flood hits William’s village, famine strikes and many challenges arise. Most of the people in the area have little or no food. William must come up with a solution to help his family, and therefore he builds a windmill to create electricity and to water their crops so his fami [...]

    18. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a non fiction picture book written by the main character William Kamkwamba. He tells the story of growing up in Malawi as the son of a farmer. When the rain becomes scarce, the family needs to make sacrifices and can only pray for rain, so they may be able to eat more than one meal a day. William has a fascination with science, and when he finds a science book on energy, he decides the best way for him to help his family is to try to build a windmill that will p [...]

    19. This story is about a young boy who lived in Malawi. This place had no lights and was very dark at night. William liked the night because this is when he would dream. The land here was very dessert like and rain was scarce. This meant a shortage of food. The ate one meal per day, and even this serving was only a handful. With the shortage of crops came a shortage of money. William had to drop out of school. He read books and came across a windmill. As he read more about it, he set out to build o [...]

    20. Mark J.10Review:The boy’s village was not growing food for them but there was no money for light or food so they had to have farm then the food was not growing. No food and no water so the boy found science books and he saw a windmill. One day he went to the junkyard to make the windmill for his village and he had some friends to have extra hands to help build it and the next days it was then there was food, light, and water at the end.I like that the boy likes to build stuff like I like to bu [...]

    21. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a story of a young man named William Kambwamba. William Kambwamba, at age 14, figured out a way to bring electricity to his village. The author takes you through his true story.This book was truly inspiring. I loved how the author played with the words on the page as well as the language he used within his text it allowed for a very amazing read!I enjoyed that this story captured the message that heroes can be any age."He dreamed of building things and taking th [...]

    22. This book is about a 14 year old boy whose family suffers during a drought. Everyones crops die and they must lower their rations to only one meal per day. After being told he must drop out of school o work the fields William sulks under a mango tree for several days. One day he figures out how to bring electricity to his village and creates windmill out of scraps he has found at the junkyard. He must figure out how to save his village and get his old life back. The colors in this story begin ve [...]

    23. "It is essential to put nonfiction into the hands of children - for many reasons. First, children want to know about the world around them, as evidenced by the wide array of questions they pose" (Temple). Children's nonfiction is great for children seeking answers to real life questions. This is a non-fiction text about a boy who built a wind turbine in order to drill for water and generate power to save his village from drought. When drought threatens to starve his Malawi village, William Kamkw [...]

    24. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a really inspirational book about a boy named William who lives in a village in Africa where they have gone into a drought and everyone's crops begin to go bad. William loved going to the library and spent most of his days there where he figured out how to build a functioning windmill completely out of scraps he found in the junkyard. William soon became the local hero. I really liked this story and thought it was very inspiring. I think it teaches that you can [...]

    25. This was a fascinating look into a life very different than my own and a perfect book to share with young readers and budding inventors ready to change the world, or at least improve it in some way. Based on fourteen year old William Kamkwamba and his desire to continue learning and improve life for his family and his drought plagued village of Wimbe, in central Malawi. The afterward was a nice addition and I look forward to watching Kamkwamba's TedTalk.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *