THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

The true story of a Malawian teenager who leveraged need and library research into a windmill constructed from found materials.

Forced by drought and famine to drop out of school, William dreams of “building things and taking them apart.” Inspired by science books in an American-built library near his village, his dreams turn to creating “electric wind.” Despite the doubts of others he begins—assembling discarded bicycle parts and other junk into a rickety tower, triumphantly powering an electric light and going on to dream of windmill-driven wells to water the land. Kamkwamba tells this version (another, for adult readers, was published with the same title in 2009) of his tale of inspiration meeting perspiration in terse, stately third person: “He closed his eyes and saw a windmill outside his home, pulling electricity from the breeze and bringing light to the dark valley.” Zunon illustrates it handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details arranged on brown figures, and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils.

A plainspoken but inspiring tale of homespun ingenuity. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3511-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2011




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