Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author: William Kamkwamba and Brian Melser
Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon
ISBN: 9780803735118 Language: English
Classification: Fiction based on actual events
Themes: problem solving, recycling, science, needs, persistence
What’s it about?
This is a story about a boy who wants to bring power to his village. He sees a picture of a windmill on the cover of a text book (as he can’t read much English), designs and eventually builds (with the help of a cousin) a windmill from materials he finds along the way that have been discarded.
This is a moving story about a boy who sees a way of solving a problem and perseveres against the odds to build his dream. It demonstrates the power of persistence and that just because many people don’t support or believe you doesn’t mean you are wrong.
Added to this powerful story are Elizabeth Zunon’s fantastic illustrations which really do bring the story to life.
I can’t think of anything to be cautious about with this book.
This is a fantastic book which I purchased and used extensively in science lessons with my grade 2 classes. The vocabulary is easy to understand and well supported by the illustrations.