Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind - Young Readers Edition

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.

Read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind for free and support the We Give Books campaign. (A win win)

I've linked this post to Black History Month Hop which is being hosted Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read.


Helen's Book Blog said...

The adult version of this is sitting on my TBR shelf, staring me in the face each day. I will get to it, I will get to it... soon(ish) :-)

Ashley Hope PĂ©rez said...

Love getting new titles to add to Liam's wishlist, and this is another great one to keep in mind for the birthday book challenge. Has Doret's non-fiction kick gone to picture books? Yay!