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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Reader's Edition

by William Kamkwamba

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"When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes"--… (more)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by author William Kamkwamba is an autobiography correlated towards middle grades audiences and above. This amazing memoir about survival and perseverance covers details about how young inventor William Kamkwamba brought electricity to a village in Malawi. Throughout young inventor William’s life, he mainly struggled with his family with lack of food and crops due to the loss of their season’s crops. Due to this, William goes on a mission to look for a solution through the exploration of science books. He then comes up with the idea to make a windmill to generate electricity to help his family pump water for their crops that further on help his community. This memoir covers details correlated towards renewable resources and how one can use wind energy to create solutions to generate electricity. Additionally, this book is an autobiography and although it is written for younger audiences, it can still represent the narration on the experiences young William had to face through the words of William’s personal memoir. This story can serve as an inspiration towards younger audiences as young William is represented to go through so many hardships but was still able to persevere through creating a windmill for his community. Additionally, this book exhibits amazing African representation as well as Malawi culture. This book can be used among ELAR, science, and history content areas as in ELAR, students can use this book to talk about memoirs or autobiographies. Additionally in science content areas, one could use this book to talk about renewable resources and electricity, and in history content areas, one can read this book to learn about different cultures and environments around the world as a research-based project. ( )
  ingrisduran | Nov 11, 2021 |
Based in Central Malawi, a young man, who when his village is faced with drought and poverty, uses DIY methods to produce electricity for his family's home and whole village. William Kamkwamba does this by pieces together scraps found in a junk yard, including a bicycle to create a windmill. Through-out this book, we are also met with William's hardships, including not being able to pay for school and the hardships that come with little food and inflated prices. This book is a great reading for classes because it also students to gain many understandings. The use of creativeness and using what you have, not what you can buy. Through hardships, remaining hopeful and taking intuitive. ( )
  AlyssaBrowning | Nov 6, 2021 |
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, is a memoir about a small village boy, William Kamkwamba, and his journey to create a windmill to pump water into his family’s farm. This book would be a great addition to a middle school classroom due to its relation into stem, relatable characters, unique cultural setting and the nature of it being a memoir about a person today. ( )
  Djj024 | Nov 6, 2021 |
A terrible drought struck a village in Malawi and the main character, William Kamkwamba's family lost all of the seasoned crops leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William found a solution in a science book that was in his villages library and that solution was to build a small windmill for his village to have electricity in order for them to be able to pump water for the crops. This is a true story that is retold for a younger audience.
I could use this in my science classroom to have students read when we go over electricity and I can also read it as a read aloud when we have free time and I could have the students do a refelction writing. This book is alos good to have students learn about how people live and their culture in other parts of the world. ( )
  mloudin2021 | Nov 3, 2021 |
This book is about a 13 year old boy that was thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. This didn't stop him because he loved learning so he snuck into the library and learned how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. This story is based in Malawi. This book should be in your classroom for your students because this shows that even though he got kicked out of school it didn't stop him for learning which is what he loves. ( )
  Mnr035 | Apr 6, 2020 |
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"When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes"--

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