" This is a gorgeous version of this story illustrated by an Albany denizen who is from Ivory Coast, but it isn’t the version I meant to read. This is the elementary version, not the middle or high school version. Which is easy for me to do when requesting books via the computer. I borrowed this from my local library. " Julia said.
" Loved this book about innovation from a boy who is impoverished. Also love the fact that he solves his community's problem because of his desire to learn and his efforts that began with his curiosity and visiting the library. " Jamie Davis said.
" Brilliant, terribly sad, and yet heart warming story of a boy who managed to elevate not only himself and his family, but his entire village using basic science and his terrific brain. Highly recommend for adults and advanced middle schoolers. Very inspirational, real story of desperate times and how people can survive terrible tests and come out of it inspired to make life better. " Ellen Broadhurst said.
" This is Junior Fiction. I found the story very endearing and uplifting. The amazing perseverance and courage of William and his family to overcome starvation and lack of education is humbling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is a quick and simple read. Also if one has never read about life in rural Africa it is a nice introduction. " Donia said.
" 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. " Shelli said.
"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 visualize what it was actually like to go up in this poor small farming village. Because darkest fell quickly over our main characters home, he was able to dream, and dream he did. He had a curios mind that allowed him to wonder and question the world he lived in. William spent his days working in the hot maze fields; that is until the ruthless sun turned them all to dust, and without maze fields there was no food and there was no money. William finds out the he will have to stop attending school to help aid his family. William quickly found himself in very dire times. He remembered in those trying moments how the Americans had donated a library nearby, and he got to work finding answers to all the questions he had about the world he lived in. Where does music come from? How do trucks move? He even saw something that looked like it could catch magic. This of course he later learned was a windmill that could provide the kind of water and energy his family desperately needed. Learning about this magical machine was all the motivation William needed, he was off to find away to bring tall, green, and healthy maze back into his families lives along with his entire village.
This is a wonderfully inspiring story, which is well laid out in a way that is very easy to follow. It is important for children who do not grow up in these same circumstances to be able to broaden their horizons by reading about them. Through books we are able to explore all kinds of different cultures and that is exactly what happens when reading Williams story. Williams was really a young man that was faced with hardships many of us wouldn’t dream of. At the end of the book, the author has provided more information about William and his life. This nonfictional children’s book is a lot of things, but at the very top of the list it is inspirational.
" Angela said.
" What a great story,a very inspiring young man. Don't forget to read the afterward as well! " Keri said.
" Fascinating tale of a young man who helped his family using the power of the wind. " Dolly said.