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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-19 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 121 user ratings
ISBN:0803740808
LANGUAGE:English

" Such a great book for older children. I was thinking of reading it aloud to all my kids, but it does talk about the belief in magic in Africa and a famine where many starved and died. It handled the topics well, but I felt my 6 year old too young for it. I will have my 11 year old and 9 year old read it though. Great lessons on perseverance, education, and life growing up in Africa. " said.

" "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" young readers edition was a very interesting and motivating story. It is about a boy who survived against the odds. Who could not afford to be educated, so he educated himself, and bettered his environment. This book really gets you thinking about poverty and energy. Definitely worth a read. " said.

" I loved this book! It has so many teachable moments for the classroom, especially with our new ADST curriculum in BC. William was able to persevere through so many hardships and kept working towards his goals despite the doubt from many around him. I can't wait to share this book with my students this year! " said.

" What a story! This is a book with broad appeal. I'm not super into science (and admittedly, sometimes skimmed the more technical paragraphs), but the story of perseverance and innovation and overcoming overwhelming obstacles is meaningful. No surprise here, but I think it's 10x better because it's a true story. Now the only question is, should I have my 9-year-old, super-into-technology son read it this summer, or should I wait another year (there are some heavy concepts, like famine and death)? " said.

"Captivating!

I was searching for a book on leadership for boys for my nephew's birthday and chanced upon this book. There were other books that popped out like scouts books. But I was particularly intrigued by the title of this book. The story of William Kamkwamba is fascinating. The different aspects of life are interwoven in his experiences... From being teased at as a madman, suffering from intensed poverty, the unconditional love and support of his father and mother to provide and put food on the table especially during the famine, his determination of making living better, lots of recycling, invention, application of what he read from books, self discovery of scientific principles especially in electricity and energy conversions. His dreams of making his hometown and every home, school etc a better place for everyone. Amazing story!
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"Good books will make the reader think outside of their world, and great books will bring you there. In this memoir by William Kamkwamba, the writer walks with us in his native land of Malawi. He doesn't drone on about norms and customs of his culture, but rather we experience it with him as we eat the food he does, laugh at the same jokes and our hands begin to tinker with what others have junked and thrown away. It is because of this that we also experience the pain, guilt and hunger as a drought strikes. We see the famine begins to peel away hope from the people, until even who they are is gone. Of course the book does not end there.

Kamkwamba also expresses his great optimism for his country, for Africa and even the world. He show us how opportunity the to improve our lives comes from not giving up, from acquiring more knowledge and the kindness of people.

The only reason that I did not give it five stars is because the author did not connect the beginning of the book where he talks about his childhood, and more specifically about magic, his dream to be a soccer player and lessons about cheating.
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"Twin Text:
What Do You Do With an Idea?
Yamada, K. (2014). What do you do with an idea? Seattle, WA: Compendium, Inc.

Rationale:
I chose my fiction book as my twin text, because it talks about what do you with an idea. William Kamkwamba took an idea that he had, and made it a reality. When thinking about these two text together, I think I would put them in our engineering unit. The engineering unit talks about taking an idea and rethinking and redoing what you are making to make it better. These two books would fit great in that unit, and the nonfiction book would show that someone has taken an idea and made it better not just for himself, but for his village.

Text structure and text features:
Map
Pictures of a windmill
Problem and solution- Text Structure

Strategy application:
I would use DR-TA for my strategy on this book. Since this is a chapter book for young readers, I thought DR- TA would work. Kids will have to think and predict about the reading selection and how William might harvest the wind or will he succeed. You can also talk before chapters about what the students might think the chapter will be about. In the end, ask students if their predictions are right.


Camp, D. (2010, February). It takes two: Teaching with twin texts of fact and fiction. The Reading Teacher, 53(5), 400-408.

Fountas, I. C., & Pinnell, G. S. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing.

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" My son and I both enjoyed this one very much; very inspiring! " said.

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