The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer illus. by Elizabeth Zunon
Kamkwamba and Mealer got together again to create a young readers edition of Kamkwamba's best selling memoir. This time there's limited amount of space to share his story (32 pages) yet it still has the power to move readers of any age. I love how clearly everything comes across from the problems due to no rain full, to Kamkwamba's love of family and homeland to his dream and desire to bring positive change.
He saw the machine drawing cool water from the ground.
Sending it gushing through the thirsty fields
Turning the maize tall and green,
Even when farmers prayers went unanswered
This windmill was more than a machine
It was a weapon to fight hunger
Zunon's illustrations are gorgeous and a perfect fit for this story. I loved her earth tone color palate. I am a sucker for good collage and Zunon is great.
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