The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

7526-1An inspiring tale of William Kamkwamba and how he upcycled trash to make his community’s first windmill. During 2001 and 2001, Malawi suffered from severe drought. William’s village didn’t have electric lights, much less crop irrigation, so William studied at the library and using books and his imagination, he harnessed the wind. Read the end papers to find out that William did eventually pump water for irrigating crops.

Written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

  1. What an excellent story!

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