character of the story is William Kamkwamba. He is not tall in height and he
was black in color. When the story started William was about 3 – 6 years old.
He did not have big muscles but he was fit in the body. His best description
was a middle size. His face was round. When he smiled he looked like a person
who is always happy. William’s hair was
black and looked hard.
important character traits the main character shows in the book are; he was
determined, innovative, forgiving and kind. William was determined to build the
windmill when he had no tools. He was determined to build the windmill even
when people called him garbage boy. William was innovative when he and Gilbert
fixed old radios. He was innovative when he and Geoffrey were making the radio
station. William was a forgiving person when the people called him a madman or
garbage boy. He even forgave when the students always shouted his name and
called him mean things. William was kind to his family when he wanted to make
cooking gas so that the women in his family would not get cough.
conflict in the story was the character against nature. William’s father was a
farmer in Masitala. His whole family depended on money from the crops he grew.
William went to school using money from the farm. When the drought and famine
came to Malawi, the crops all died from lack of water in the soil. So William
had to drop out of school.
The other conflict is the way William did not have
tools and materials to build his windmill. Even though he did not have the
proper materials and tools to build the windmill, he would go to the scrap yard
to search for them. It took him weeks and weeks to find the materials. His
friends helped him with money to buy the materials that he could not find in
the scrap yard.
The Main Event
ended when the rain came down and the farmers could plant their crops again.
William’s father decided to plant maize and a little tobacco this time. He
would use the money from the crops to pay William school fees. William then
went back to school but later had to drop out again because there was not
not have the proper tools or materials but he finished building the windmill.
Everyone in the village was impressed. He used the electricity from the
windmill to supply light to his house. He used a wire system to place light
bulbs in his room, the living room and his parent’s room. He made an electric
button to put the light off and on. He also made an electric breaker box.
windmill made William to be famous in Malawi. Many people came to see the
windmill and wrote about it in the newspaper and television. Due to the news
about William windmill, he was able to go back to school and later travel
purpose for writing this book was to tell his life story so that people who
read it would learn. He was telling the story so that someone reading it would
be able to change their life. He wants to give new ideas to those reading the
this book had on me was to think in a new direction. You do not have to get all
the tools to build the thing you want. The story made me to understand
electricity in a way that I never knew. The book entertained me for a long
time. The book exposed me to a lot of new words and phrases.
recommend this book to a classmate because I think it would change that
person’s life forever. That person will develop a new way of thinking about the
world. The person may also be able to help his/her community or country. The
book will give those lots of ideas.