Book Review: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Authors: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Illustrations: Elizabeth Zunon
Interest Level: Ages 6 and Up
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From the Book Jacket: Heroes can be any age. When William Kamkwamba was fourteen years old, living in a drought-ravaged area of Malawi in Africa, he pursued a dream that brought electricity and running water to his desperately poor village. 

William had always been interested in how mechanical things work, and after poring over old science textbooks, painstakingly teaching himself English so that he could understand them, he became determined to build a windmill.  The people in h is village called him crazy, but he knew he could succeed. Slowly but surely, he turned junkyard scraps into a functioning windmill, and brought electricity to his home and eventually life-saving water to his village. William's story shows no matter how young you are or how huge the challenge - creativity, determination, and hard work can help save your world.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: The character trait we are focusing on at school this month is Perseverance. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind fits that description perfectly. I absolutely love this story and our students have been inspired by William's courage and never give up attitude. I sometimes think about where the kids I work with will be when they are adults and I imagine some of them might have hard moments and truly struggle. So thankful for books that help me mentor and guide students to NEVER GIVE UP! Reading books about determination and perseverance is a message children need to hear A LOT. I hope to find more books as awesome as this one.

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