Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? Weird to imagine a day without one. ; ) ~ F
When it's now, I'm on cue, pointing at a thing to do. This and that, here or there; life flows without care. Pendulum swings, orrery predicts- use a circle and three sticks. Numbers glow in your face, illuminating outer space. Empty measures in this tune; you'll check me out to know it soon.
“Whatever you want to do, if you do it with
all your heart, it will happen.”
This is the true story of William Kamkwamba
who was born in Malawi, Africa. He and his family lived on a farm where they
grew corn, a staple of every meal. As a boy he believed in magic, and even
spent money on a potion that would make him stronger than the kids who were
teasing him. Unfortunately, he found out too late that it didn’t take care of
his problems. William loved school and is proud after he is accepted to
secondary school. He wanted to continue his education and hoped to learn more
about his favorite subject, science. When the grounds are flooded and then no
more rain comes there is a terrible drought that leaves his family with only a
few bags of food for the next year. No food to eat and none to sell. All around
him people in his village are withering away like the crops that didn’t grow.
The cost of school can no longer be afforded and eating less than a meal a day
barely keeps William alive. When the next corn husks grow and can finally be
eaten he begins to get his energy back. Hoping to one day go back to school,
William spends much of his time in the local library, amazed at the three
shelves of books he can borrow from. Through these books he learned about
windmills, energy, and a dream of bringing electricity to his farm and village
takes root. Finding the materials he needs isn’t easy and everyone who sees him
working thinks he is crazy. Other kids make fun of him for collecting garbage,
but still he dreams. Will William be able to make electricity from his
creation? Are the obstacles in his way too much? Is his family strong enough to
wait it out while he works on his plan? Read this remarkable story of a boy
whose curiosities lead him down a path that would change his life forever.
Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William
Kamkwamba and Bryan
Mealer is a true
story that will inspire you to ask questions about the world around you. So
often we make judgments about what is going on, but we don’t work on solving
the problem ourselves. William’s love of learning is an inspiration! I enjoyed
discovering how kids in his village are just like kids in other parts of the
world. It was also fascinating to hear about the way our lives are different.
William is definitely someone I would like to know, because I loved the way he
didn’t let people dash his dreams. He believed in himself. Sometimes you're the only one who knows you can do it, but that can be enough. Reading this book
will help kids and adults see that each of us can make a difference.
Sometimes we may fail along the way, but we all have the possibility to make
the world a better place. I would recommend this book to people of all ages.
There are three versions- so you can find the one that is just right for you.
This is a great book for families to read together and who knows, you may be inspired to start creating!
Has anyone else readThe Boy Who
Harnessed the Wind? There are three
versions- adult, young adult, and picture book. If you’ve read any of them,
please let us know which edition! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Friday, Lizzy's book review will conjure up a tricky wind, so stay tuned. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F
Sky exhales; air flows. Here to where? No one knows. A breath to tease whistles by. Tops of trees sway up high. Drift away on a summer breeze; a colder one makes you sneeze. Should the two decide to mix, watch out for flying sticks. Sky inhales; air flows. Here to there, so it goes. What am I referring to? Answer: Wind!
Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? Looking forward to a warmer one! ; ) ~ F
Sky exhales; air flows. Here to where? No one knows. A breath to tease whistles by. Tops of trees sway up high. Drift away on a summer breeze; a colder one makes you sneeze. Should the two decide to mix, watch out for flying sticks. Sky inhales; air flows. Here to there, so it goes. What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesdays for the answer.
“Someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the
principal's office, if that's a rule.” ~Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
is in third grade and she is not having
such a good week. She tries to help her neighbor, Margaret, when she gets glue
in her hair, and the next thing she knows she is in the principal's office. Clementine admits that Margaret’s haircut looks
a little different, but she sees it as a beautiful dandelion hairdo. She even
has an idea to make it look even better! While the principal is talking to
Margaret’s mom, Clementine helps her out by answering a few phone calls. It’s
the least she can do. Back in their apartment building the two friends try to
make the situation better, but take things a bit too far. Margaret’s mom is
very unhappy. Will Clementine ever be allowed to play with Margaret again? What
will happen when she “borrows” her mom’s fancy markers? Will the painters on
the fifth floor ever want her help painting on stilts? You will have to find out how the rest of
Clementine’s week turns out! You’ll laugh
as you turn the pages as you get to know these memorable characters.
Clementineby Sara Pennypacker is a
hilarious book that will make you want to know Clementine. Not only does she have
a unique way of looking at things, but her funny antics will crack you
up. Clementine is genuine and says what she thinks. She can’t seem to
understand why she ends up in trouble or in predicaments. Clementine is simply
curious and tries to help others, but often with an unexpected outcome. I could
easily relate to Clementine and her friendship with Margaret, because often we
are friends with people who are a little different, but we also have things
in common. The style reminds me of Junie B. Jones, only Clementine isn’t as
fresh. If you have not read this story, I recommend it for a day when you need
a laugh or two. By the end of the story you will be smiling! I know there are a
whole series of books about Clementine and I can only imagine the trouble she
gets into in the future!
Has anyone else read Clementine?
Or have you read another book by Sara Pennypacker? We’d love to hear your