The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is the touching, inspirational story of a drought-ridden land and a fourteen-year-old boy who worked to change things in his poverty-stricken village.
The book is beautifully illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, and in many illustrations she seems to use cutouts to create strikingly unusual images. Her drawings remind the reader of primitive paintings.
William lived in Malawi, and when a drought resulted in famine, his village was severely affected. Food was scarce and his parents couldn't afford the tuition to send him to school, so at fourteen, William had to drop out.
Instead of moping, he spent his time in the library (which was a gift from the U.S. government) and studied the books there. He saw a plan for building a windmill, which he realized would be of great help to his village. He translated the books to learn how to build a windmill.
Even though the villagers thought William was crazy, he collected scraps of trash and was determined to complete the windmill.
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