The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Young Readers Edition The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba s t

  • Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition
  • Author: William Kamkwamba Bryan Mealer
  • ISBN: 9780803740808
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell William began to explore science books in his village lThe New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution There, he came up with the idea that would change his family s life forever he could build a windmill Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy s brilliant idea can light up the world Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William s story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

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    1. This book is so touching.Despite the odds being stacked so high up against William, with a famine and a school drop-out, the tale of this one boy who refused to give up on his dreams of bringing light and water into the lives of his fellow villagers in Malawi will inspire me everyday, and help me realize,"Sometimes, all you have to do is try."- William Kamkwamba

    2. Inspirational, uplifting and just a quick fulfilling readgo for it! This is a true story about a young African boy who was fascinated with science. His life was a challenging one. He hungered to attend school and his curiosity was never satiated. Time after time he met with discouragement and heartache. There was no money to send him to school. There was a devastating famine. There was death and discouragement and always a lack of funds. Nevertheless, he persevered and his story is a memorable o [...]

    3. Semua orang harus kenal William Kamkwamba, khususnya anak remaja.Mengapa?Karena dia istimewa.Bayangkan diri kita lahir dan tinggal di negara miskin. Bayangkan ketika kita masuk ke ruangan gelap. Tidak ada saklar di dinding yang bisa kita tekan dan menghasilkan cahaya dalam sekejap. Yang ada hanya lampu tempel yang akan membuat coreng di muka ketika bangun tidur.Bayangkan ketika harus mencari air atau bahan bakar kita harus berjalan berkilo-kilometer untuk mendapat jumlah yang tak seberapa. Bahka [...]

    4. An inspiring story that I plan to encourage my Year 6 students to write. Teaches motivation, resilience, taking action, creativity and what it means to be an inquirer amongst other important themes.

    5. Fantastic! I have been reading through a stack of books to share with my 7th graders as we wrap up the year. This book ranks high on that list as it so perfectly incorporates everything I have worked to instill in them this year: perseverence, finding truth through research, overcoming obstacles, speaking out and doing something about injustices around the world or in our own communities, not being defined by where you come from This book has it all! Can't wait to share and chat with some young [...]

    6. This is such a powerful/inspiring/infuriating story, wow. I was on the verge of tears through most of it. The intense odds William Kamkwamba overcame--near starvation during a famine, being forced to drop out of school, having access to only an extremely minimal library of books that weren't even in his own language--to be able to build a working electrical windmill and also a radio station like, damn, son. This is written in a pretty straightforward way, but careful to contextualize concepts th [...]

    7. If ever a case is made for libraries this is the book! William Kamkwamba grew up poor in Malawi . When starvation hits the village, William is forced to drop out of school because of funds. One day a library opens in his village and William discovers books on machinery. He learns how to make a windmill which helps save his village. This is a very inspirational story of why libraries are so important.

    8. This well-told story of a young African boy who brought energy to his village was sweet and fun! We listened to it as a family, and we all enjoyed seeing how he eventually made his way to an American university and back to Africa full-circle. My boys loved hearing all of the technicalities involved with the little scientific creations.

    9. I read this book in one night because it was so touching. A boy, with the odds stacked up against him, made a windmill for his community. This book is highly recommended.

    10. The beginning was not what I expected, but I loved how everything came together in the end. This should be a must read for young students as it has so many layers to explore.

    11. Loved! Felt like his post-windmill life was a little rushed, but I definitely see the importance of giving lots of space to discussing his culture and the circumstances that spurred his inventions, especially in the young readers edition.

    12. I'm thrilled that a colleague handed this book to me.It is one of those stories that is heartwarming, enthralling, and emotional, yet gently opens a reader's eyes to cultural differences without indicating that one way of living is "better" than another. William tells his story with the wisdom of a scholar and the excitement of a child. By the end of the book, I wanted to learn more about his projects and spread my new knowledge to others. Favorite quotes:"I began to look at the world in a diffe [...]

    13. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring autobiography of William Kamkwamba, the boy from Malawi who built a windmill out of spare parts from a junkyard to bring electricity to his family's home. Growing up, William and his family faced famine and hardship when their maize crop failed. Because all of their extra funds had to go toward feeding the family, William was unable to attend school since he couldn't pay the school fees or afford the proper uniform. In spite of this struggle, Willi [...]

    14. This is a very powerful story about not only about science, but also famine, family, and friendship. By the time you finish this book, you will want to do at least two things: (1) visit Malawi (country located in southeastern Africa) and(2) and do something productive with the weather (not just complain about it).William Kamkwamba grew up in a rural town (Wimbe) without electricity with many sisters, parents, and extended family and some good friends, namely Gilbert. He also had a dog named Kham [...]

    15. THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer tells the inspiring story of a young African boy who turned junkyard scraps into a working windmill to generate electricity for his family’s impoverished farm in Malawi. This Young Readers Edition of Kamkwamba’s well-known adult memoir published in 2009 is likely to spark the scientific interests and imagination of middle-grade students. Readers are gradually drawn into William’s life in his small, rural African village. [...]

    16. William Kamkwamba’s memoir explores man’s relationship with technology and how it has become such a large part of everyday lives. This is an excellent text to use when collaborating with other disciplines, such as science, because much of the content is William explaining how he learned about electricity and how he used that knowledge to build the windmill that gave power to his family and village. It is also provides the opportunity for students to learn about making connections (text-to-se [...]

    17. He is an amazing person! He persevered through famine, drought and poverty. His neighbors called him crazy. He knew what he wanted and he followed his dreams. He offers excellent advise to kids everywhere on page 290. "your ambitions are just as important and worth achieving, however big or small Think of your dreams and ideas as tiny miracle machines inside you that no one can touch. The more faith you put into them the bigger they get, until one day they'll rise up and take you with them."I re [...]

    18. This is an inspiring story. This edition is a young readers edition and it has simple language. My main complaint is its length, while the story is inspiring 300 pages is too lengthy for the average middle grade reader to hang on for a nonfiction book. If it were 200 pages I could get more readers on board.

    19. INSPIRATIONAL! This book has many themes that run the gamut from overcoming adversity to the power of persistence. I am going to get the picture book of this same book for our library too. This will be my first read aloud next year for my fourth graders as they study Africa and energy.

    20. Summer homework is always the last thing that is done over vacation. August was quick to end, school starts in September and I haven’t even picked up the book that I begged my brother to buy on . I woke up one day and looked at the alarm clock on the side table. Eight in the morning and nothing to do. Too lazy to reach for my phone or turn on my computer so I picked up the book that I never thought I would touch.The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a story about a boy named William Kamkwamba who [...]

    21. I’m so glad Sara Sink recommended The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. I’ve heard about it but never picked it up. This is a fabulous story!William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. William’s resources are extremely limited but he got his hands on an article about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building [...]

    22. When the book first shows William as a 6 year old, eating stolen gum from some herd boys, no one would have expected him to come this far. He is now a hero in is country, and also has toured the world and given a TED talk. All because he never gave up. "If you want to make it, all you have to do is try." That is the inspirational sentence he ends his book with. And he sure followed it.And there are many proofs of him following his sentence. Such as when William was making his first small model o [...]

    23. Twin Text:What Do You Do With an Idea?Yamada, K. (2014). What do you do with an idea? Seattle, WA: Compendium, Inc.Rationale: I chose my fiction book as my twin text, because it talks about what do you with an idea. William Kamkwamba took an idea that he had, and made it a reality. When thinking about these two text together, I think I would put them in our engineering unit. The engineering unit talks about taking an idea and rethinking and redoing what you are making to make it better. These tw [...]

    24. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is a true story about William. William and his family live in a poor village named Malawi. One year, famine hits because the weather was particularly dry. The families in Malawi are mostly farmers, and eat their harvest for the whole year, so food was extremely scarce. William is forced to drop out of secondary school because it was too expensive for his family after the famine. After dropping out, Kamkwamba went to the librar [...]

    25. Inspirational. William Kamkwamba lives in a poor village in Malawi. His parents are farmers and cannot afford him to go to school although he is naturally talented. William spends his time reading science books and dismantling electronic equipment to figure out how things work and applies this knowledge to create devices that helps his family and community survive the famine.To think what talented youngsters could achieve if given the same education as others. The genuis always seems to find a w [...]

    26. I recently read the book "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This book is about a young William who is living in remote Africa and his struggles through life. As a young man William grew up on a maize farm with his parents and two sisters, a drought hits the city that they live in and they loose all their crops and are forced to take William out of school. William was very curious as a boy so when he got taken out of school he became very sad, but he was still [...]

    27. This was a really interesting book! The problem was that although the story was great I felt that there was too much explanation of the science he was discovering. For those who understand it great, but I felt as someone without a great science background I had to skim over a good portion of the book because I simply didn't understand enough of the science. The story of this boy though, who craves knowledge about how things work and will look at difficult books and do lots of experiments to figu [...]

    28. Good books will make the reader think outside of their world, and great books will bring you there. In this memoir by William Kamkwamba, the writer walks with us in his native land of Malawi. He doesn't drone on about norms and customs of his culture, but rather we experience it with him as we eat the food he does, laugh at the same jokes and our hands begin to tinker with what others have junked and thrown away. It is because of this that we also experience the pain, guilt and hunger as a droug [...]

    29. I highly recommend this book to all children. To those with an interest in technology and those without interest in technology. This book not only teaches about the value of perseverance and hard work, it also makes science Real, engaging, cool, and shows how important it is - as we in developed nations frequently take it for granted.The narrative of this story is a little emotionally disconnected at times, as it covers a great length of time and focuses less on internal dilemma than it focus on [...]

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