Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author: William Kamkwamba & Brian Melser
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.