William's family saved their seed corn, but they were down to a tablespoon of food or so a day.
It's a vivid memoir, written in a simple but compelling way.
In the epilogue, William also touched upon the creation of the book and said that Bryan came to live in his village for several months.
I think it does a pretty good job also of contextualizing things like.
The I love, love, loved this book.
But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery.
It's not only poverty he is up against, it's the children who still go to school who mock him for spending all his days at the scrapyard digging through trash and reading 'Using Physics'.
Additionally, had the old man been more careful about his hiding place, he would have escaped.
I remember reading this romantic novel 'The Bronze Horseman' which turned out to be almost entirely forgettable except for those chapters dealing with the famine during the siege of Leningrad.
|I found myself comparing this book to Three Cups of Tea which is also a book about one person setting out to do what he believed he could do without any goals of self aggrandizement||All those stories of 'children starving in Africa' and how I needed to clean my plate ran through my head|
|The beginning features stories about the author's village and family, in a series of short episodes||It's the story of how a poor boy in a poor country came to be famous all over the world creating a windmill to bring electricity to his village in Malawi|
|It's only a small part, so if I knew it was coming i could have skipped that section||The true story, told from the The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an absolutely inspiring story|
|His curiosity and ingenuity is obvious from the first chapters which describe the games he used to play with his friends and the little radio fixing business he set up with his cousin when they were just little boys||All those stories of 'children starving in Africa' and how I needed to clean my plate ran through my head|
|Engaging story about a young African man who, defying the odds, manages to build a wind power generating turbine to help his family and village||The reason i found this story truly inspiring was because William, despite just being a young teenager, deeply understood the environment where he lived|
|I can't wait to use this book in my classroom! William explains that children in Malawi entertain themselves much the same as children in America and Europe, just using different materials||He used what he learned in those books to build a windmill and bring electricity to his village|
|It's very entertaining, interesting, and exceptionally well-told||In William's village, lighting and electricity are a luxury that everyone would love to have|
|His trials and errors reminded me of the golden age of invention when people like Edison used all types of implausible materials||William's father wants his son to continue his education, so that he would have a better life, but here school is for families who have the money to pay for it|