After his African village was hit by a drought, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba learned about electrical windmills at a small library, and after weeks of foraging for junk parts, he did the incredible. Full color.
A life-changing plan.
When William Kamkwamba was a young teen, a terrible famine struck his tiny village in Malawi, Africa. The loss of crops left his family with nothing to eat or sell. Without money, William was forced to drop out of school.
Fortunately, William found hope in the village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of the people around him. He would build a windmill.
Made from junkyard scraps, William's amazing creation would bring electricity to his home. It would help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. And it would turn this ordinary African teenager into a hero known all around the world as the boy who harnessed the wind.
'William Kamkwamba's achievements . . . should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.' Al Gore, former vice president of the United States and Nobel Prize winner
William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a fin
William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a finalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmoutalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. h College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
"[An] inspiring story of curiosity and ingenuity." -- Publishers Weekly "This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth." -- Wall Street Journal
"A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book." -- The Boston Globe
"This is a dynamic portrait of a young person whose connection to the land, concern for his community, and drive to solve problems offer an inspiring model." -- School Library Journal
"Zunon illustrates handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils." -- Kirkus
"This picture book in accessible free verse will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets." -- Booklist
Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2013 Best-of-the-year list. -- CCBC
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