Thursday, December 10, 2009

Curiosity + Library Book = Success for William Kamkwambe

Just finished reading the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwambe. It's a very interesting story told in the voice of a teenaged boy. William was 14 and a high school drop out when he built his first windmill.

The idea to harness the wind did not come up until page 153. This means quite a bit of the book is about William's life in Malawi: the traditions, the superstitions, the poverty, and the hunger. I was eating while reading about William's intense hunger and had to skip a few pages. This is a book that will awaken all kinds of emotions: anger at the indifference of government, horror at the awful famine, and tears of joy when William's story receives attention from the Malawian journalists.

This is the story of a curious innovative young man who discovered marvelous science books within a very disorganized library and did wonders for his family and community with his primitive creation.

Check out William's blog!

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