The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
This is an inspirational story of a boy who had a dream and was able to make it happen. William Kamkwamba was born and raised in Malawi, where drought and famine reined. He always loved to take things apart and rebuild them and was able to do that with many things. One day he found a book that showed him how to make a windmill. He proceeds to build this thing out of scrap metal and old bicycles. He is able to build something that works and changed his life forever.
I loved this story for the pure nature of someone who is able to create something so important and needed without anyone showing him how. He is a true genius and a true wonder. I thought that the books was full of detail that at times I was overwhelmed by but pushed through because the story was so great. It is also a picture book that I read with my students at school and they loved the story too. It shows that no matter where you are at in life, you can make things better for yourself and for those around you.
I purchased both of these on Amazon.com
ISBN: 978-0-06-0173033-7 and 978-0-8037-3511-8