Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
  • Science Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum

William was a dreamer, a thinker and a creator. Growing up in the African country of Malawi, his mind tinkered with the wonders he saw around him. Wonders like trucks with those magical engines that make them go and the radio with its mysterious music. William also helped his family on the farm where they grew maize. But, several years in a row, the sun shone and shone and no rain fell.

William’s family began to starve. What could they do to save their farm? How could they get enough food to survive? This is where William’s amazing inventive, creative mind began to see a way to a better place. Using spare parts of things maybe he could create hope for himself, his family and his people.

This is a wonderful story about the power of the individual and about the amazing potential in the mind of a child allowed to imagine. The collage pictures resonate with the light and hope of this marvelous story. It’s a beautiful book about a beautiful human being.

Ages 6-11

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