The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 5 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.8n/a
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.

Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published on January 19, 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0803735111
ISBN-13: 9780803735118
11 Book Reviews
  • anajas1
    anajas1about 5 years55 stars
    I loved this book. This book is about a boy named William Kamkwamba. He dropped out of school because of a drought in his village. He gets the idea to build a windmill in order to bring electricity to his village. Great book!!!
    • vy
      vyabout 6 years55 stars
      This a positive story about William Kamkwamba. In Malawi, there was a hunger because the village didn't have electricity, villagers didn't have much water to water the maize field. But, a boy named William Kamkwamba have an idea. Read this book and find out what was the answer. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks. Sincerely, Vy
      • salene
        saleneover 6 years
        William got hurt while doing all this experimenting, but the amazing thing is that this is a true story!!!!
        • salene
          saleneover 6 years
          This book it really attractive when you read it. I really recommend reading it! :)
          • salene
            saleneover 6 yearsFeatured
            I really, really, enjoyed this book! This book was a true story about a boy named William Kamkwamba. The place where he lived had no electricity. So, William decided to make something that would help power his home by making something. He saw something, and do you know what it is? Yes, it's a windmill! He first made a mini windmill, because he wanted to test it out. He powered his dad's radio to see if it worked. It actually did! So, using old scraps of metal and other junk from the junkyard, he made a bigger, life size windmill. And it worked! He had to fix some things, here and there, and he successfully lit his home without using gas that was bad for them. It's such a great story to read.
            • electricity4
              electricity4almost 7 years44 stars
              The book is about a person who build a wind mill and brings it to school and everyone was proud of him and her sister gets married to a teacher and everyone in the famailey was thinking she was stupid.
              • diamondkid
                diamondkidalmost 8 years55 stars
                This book was really good. The story is about 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. After you saw this comment I encourage you to read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition. Really Good Book!!! :)
                • diamondkid
                  diamondkidalmost 8 years55 stars
                  Loved the book!
                  • diamondkid
                    diamondkidalmost 8 years55 stars
                    Really Awesome Book (RAB).
                    • michael9
                      michael9over 8 years55 stars
                      In this book William was able to build a windmill to help his people have both water and electricity. The people of his village had no money for lights so when night came they could not work because it was too dark.William built the windmill with the help of two boys and he only used trash and trees the people taught he was crazy but when he was finished they all cheered for him.