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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition (utgåvan 2012)

av William Kamkwamba (Författare), Bryan Mealer (Författare), Elizabeth Zunon (Illustratör)

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Titel:The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition
Författare:William Kamkwamba (Författare)
Andra författare:Bryan Mealer (Författare), Elizabeth Zunon (Illustratör)
Info:Dial Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:William Kamkwamba, Malawi, electricity, engineering, wind power, wind, windmill, science, biography, famine, hunger, inventors, poverty, family

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A new edition brings this true story of perseverance to younger readers. William’s experiences of drought and famine in Malawi spark his scientific and technological inquiries that are then fueled by determination and love of community. Epilogue.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
In this picture book adaptation of the adult autobiography, inventor and entrepreneur Kamkwamba gives us a glimpse into his life as a 14-year-old in drought-ridden Malawi and how he came to help his family, community, and nation. Author’s Note.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
Necessity is the mother of invention, and nowhere is that old adage more evident than in the true story of William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian boy who built a windmill on his father's land, in order to bring electricity to his family home for the first time. Facing possible starvation due to a drought-related famine, and unable to attend school, William began to investigate the machinery he found so fascinating at a nearby library set up by Americans. Here he discovered the idea of the windmill, and set out to build one of his own. Although some in his village laughed at him, he persisted, and soon achieved what had hitherto been only a dream: electric power...

Although I have been familiar with the story of William Kamkwamba for a number of years, since the publication of his memoir in 2009, I have never happened to pick up any of the versions of his story, be it the original edition intended for adult readers, the young reader's adaptation done in 2015, or this picture-book retelling created for younger children in 2012. I'm glad that I have finally rectified that oversight, as Kamkwamba's story is certainly inspirational. This picture-book telling is engaging, and is paired with the vibrantly colorful oil paint and cut paper illustrations of Elizabeth Zunon, whose work I know from such titles as One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, as well as her own Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family. Recommended to young dreamers and inventors, and to picture-book readers looking for stories about overcoming great challenges with creativity and perseverance. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 2, 2021 |
"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" tells the story of William Kamkwamba, a boy who built a windmill in order to produce electricity. Kamwamba grew up in Malawi with farmers for parents. A severe drought killed off his family's crops, as well as many others', and left much of Malawi starving. William's family could no longer afford to send him to school, so instead he spent his days at the library learning about science and engineering. He learned that he could produce electricity by creating a windmill and that this might eventually help him to pump water to his father's fields.
"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" is an inspiring story about William's dedication to learning and helping his family, despite extreme hardships. There is an interesting section at the back of the book that gives a more detailed explanation of William's story. Elizabeth Zunon's illustrations are a unique blend of painting and collage. I would recommend this book to first through fourth grade teachers. ( )
  lucymaccash | Oct 17, 2020 |
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a great read for children of all ages. Not only does it teach children about perseverance and being able to follow your dreams. It teaches children about science and engineering encouraging them to see the beauty in everything that we encounter that at times we seem to consider “trash”. Sciences and engineering are not the only subjects that are present so is history. This book is great for cross cutting concepts. I would also recommend this book to teach children about the underrepresented STEAM contributors. Being able to make connections between the different concepts is important and I do feel that this book does just that. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is about a boy who used his curiosity to make a solution to a problem that was presented in his town. ( )
  mserratos17 | Sep 24, 2020 |
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