Kid Lit: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Goodreads Summary:
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. 

Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how – even in the worst of times – a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world. 

My Thoughts:
Kamkwamba has written his story for three age levels: adults, teens, and children. I heard about this book from a local high school English professor at my niece’s middle school literacy night. The teacher was talking about the teen version of the book, but I decided to read the children’s book with my son. We both enjoyed this true story.

I don’t read much non-fiction with him, but this story was engaging. The pictures help bring to life the story of William, who lives in Africa. When draught comes, his community isn’t able to grow crops, and they must begin eating only one meal a day.

William studies in the library and figures out how to make a windmill and generate electricity for his town. With the electricity, he is able to pump water up from the ground to help the crops grow. Stories about children making a difference are so inspiring. This book was well written and perfect for sharing with my 6 year old who is into inventing things at the moment.

My Rating: 5 stars

I’m linking up with Booking Mama today for Kid Konnection. Every Saturday Julie hosts this link up for all things relating to children’s books.

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  1. I've been wanting to read the adult version of this book for quite awhile. I had no idea he wrote two other versions for younger audiences. Such a great way to get his story out to kids and inspire them!

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