The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The boy who harnessed the wind

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Authors: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Illustrator:  Elizabeth Zunon


Based on the true story and life of William Kamkwamba, a boy who grew up in an area of Malawi, Africa stricken by drought, comes this beautifully illustrated book.  William was a boy who longed to solve the problems of thirst and hunger where he lived.  He dreamed of a machine that would pull water out of the ground and help his people grow crops to feed themselves.  William spent a lot of time teaching himself English and reading old science books to learn as much as he could about how to build a windmill.  He started collecting scraps of metal and wood and eventually turned them into a functional windmill that brought electricity and water to his village.  Williams’s story is a reminder that no matter how young you are, or how big your challenge is—perseverance and hard work can help save your world.

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