Kamkwamba, W., Mealer, B., & Zunon, E. (ill.) (2012). The boy who harnessed the wind. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 9780803735118
Annotation: In the African country of Malawi, a 14 year old boy teaches himself how to build a windmill to produce electricity and pump water for his father’s farm.
Reaction: This book was really inspiring. I had to tell my husband about it when I finished because William’s accomplishments sort of blew my mind. He was a boy with no money and not a lot of education, yet he was able to create a windmill out of junkyard scraps based on instructions he needed a dictionary to read. Because of his drive, determination and ingenuity, William was able to better his life and the lives of his family, and he was given opportunities to continue his education and get his story out to the world. Ultimately, this problem solver is going to be able to help make his entire country and the world a better place.
The bright colors of the art really suit the African landscape, and the cut paper adds a lot of texture and dimension to the oil paintings.
Media Used: Oil paint and cut paper