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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, Picture Book

boy who harnessed the wind coverThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

When William was 14, he had a great interest in mechanical things. By learning English and reading from old textbooks, he replaced magical explanations of the natural world with scientific facts. He knew magical thinking could not bring rain to their drought stricken Malawi village. Because of the resultant drop in family income, he could not attend school, but he could go the library – a gift from the American government. There he read about windmills that could power electricity and pump water. With a broken bike, bottle caps, a plastic pipe and a small generator, he was able to provide electricity for their home and later water for the village! William now studies engineering at Dartmouth College, with plans to return to Malawi to work on renewable energy.  This is an inspiring biography about a young adult who really made a difference in his community.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, Picture Book.
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Comment from amy
Time: October 18, 2016, 7:48 am

this sounds like a very interesting story.

Comment from amy
Time: October 18, 2016, 7:48 am

I would like to read this book.

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