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The boy who harnessed the wind (original: 2009; edição: 2015)

de William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

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Relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
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Título:The boy who harnessed the wind
Autores:William Kamkwamba
Outros autores:Bryan Mealer
Informação:New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2015]
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope de William Kamkwamba (2009)

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    Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna de Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: A different, but equally positive, story of growing up in Africa
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William Kamkwamba was no ordinary child from Malawi. He had imagination, ambition, and a curiosity that couldn't be kept down even when his family couldn't afford to send him to school. His drive was to improve his family's situation after a severe drought left the landscape barren and his community on the brink of starvation, but really he loved to learn. He loved school so much he found a way to sneak into classes after he had been kicked out for nonpayment. Once found out he resorted to borrowing books at the library. One particular physics textbook resonated with him. Using money from a wealthy friend and the knowledge gained from reading and scrounging for supplies anywhere he could find them (flip flops, his father's bicycle, melted PVC pips, the spring from a ball point pen...) Kamkwamba set out to build a windmill. His first invention in 2001 was modest, creating enough power to light a lightbulb. From there, Kamkwamba went bigger - enough to charge cellphones and light his parent's living room. The bigger the windmill, the more he could power. Soon his ambition went beyond his family and friends to extend to his entire community of Wimbe and he attracted the attention of powerful people ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 18, 2021 |
William Kamkwamba is a Malawian boy who is fascinated by science. His farming family wants him to continue his education past roughly the elementary level but they just don’t have the tuition money after a famine spreads across the country. As the famine worsens, families who have even a few bites of food each day are considered fortunate. Life gets harder and harder.

Eventually the famine does start to ease and William begins visiting the library regularly. He finds a couple of physics books and becomes fascinated with the idea of wind power. He looks around his village, collects mechanical “junk,” and starts to literally build a better life for his family and his village.

What an inspirational story! William and his family have almost nothing by Western standards but they do have each other. William has dreams and the willingness to teach himself and try. That takes him farther than he could even imagine.

The part describing the famine was extremely difficult to read. People starve on the roadsides. Pets must fend for themselves or die. No one can think about anything except hunger. Corrupt politicians make the situation so much worse than it had to be. Government thugs punish local leaders who speak out against the corruption. It’s an unimaginable situation. This section takes up about half the book, so readers who are sensitive to these kinds of things might want to steer clear. It feels important to read though because most Westerners truly can’t conceive of what a famine is like. I know I have a better appreciation now for my local grocery stores and farmers markets.

William persists in his dreams and his self-education despite all the adversity he faces. He truly believes he can make a difference and make life easier for his family. He patiently collects what he needs and one of his best friends, the village chief’s son, believes in William enough to give him the money for parts he has to buy. We don’t all have William’s ingenuity, but we can all help dreamers, even if it’s just by having faith in them.

The edition of the book that I read had an afterward to update us on William’s life as of 2016. He’s come so far and invented so many things that make life easier for innumerable people. I’m proud of a man I’ve never even met. He proves that one person can make a difference to a lot of people. He’s also quick to point out that a lot of benefactors have helped him on his path, proving again that we can all contribute in some way to building a better world.

Some of the content is going to be difficult for some readers but ultimately, this book is brimming with hope and the affirmation that one person can change the world. Highly recommended. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Aug 14, 2021 |
This was much more than I thought it would be. I expected to read the story of how a young man designed and built a windmill out of scraps. What I did not know was that I would learn about the culture and struggles of the people of Malawi. This was a great read. ( )
  achmorrison | Jul 13, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a boy growing up in Malawi, and his perseverance in building a windmill to harness the wind. Reading about how he strives to better himself as well as those around him with very little resources is truly uplifting. He describes in matter of fact and heartbreaking detail about surviving the Famine, his family, and his quest to improve himself. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
This book is about a 13-year-old boy who was thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford it. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. This book is perfect for science classes who are learning about energy. ( )
  Rmg052 | Apr 26, 2021 |
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An autobiography so moving that it is almost impossible to read without tears. In understated and simple prose, Kamkwamba and Mealer offer readers a tour through one Malawian boy’s inspiring life.
 
With so many tales of bloody hopelessness coming out of Africa, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind reads like a novel with a happy ending, even though it’s just the beginning for this remarkable young man, now 21 years old.
adicionado por lampbane | editarGood, Mark Frauenfelder (Sep 29, 2009)
 
This exquisite tale strips life down to its barest essentials, and once there finds reason for hopes and dreams, and is especially resonant for Americans given the economy and increasingly heated debates over health care and energy policy.
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Kamkwamba, Williamautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Mealer, Bryanautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Schuck, MaryIlustradorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Kerner, Jamie LynnDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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