The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Quotes
Topics: Maize / Pages: 7 (1944 words) / Published: Aug 7th, 2014

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Quotes by Ella Dubendorfer
1. “Villagers heard her cries and quickly sounded the drum- not the fast, rhythmic beats for dances or ceremonies, but something slow and serious. They call this emergency beat the musadabwe, meaning, ‘don’t ask questions, just come!’ It’s like dialing 911, but instead of the police, you’re calling other villagers.”
~Page 9, paragraph 4

2. “On the night of the hunt, the leader wasn’t allowed to sleep with his wife, not even in the same room. The purpose was to keep the man’s focus and attention as sharp as possible, and to guarantee a solid night’s rest. Losing focus made you careless in the forest and worst of all, left you open to bewitching. That night, sleeping alone at a neighbor’s house or in a separate hut with his sons, the leader would boil a pot of red maize mixed with certain roots and medicines, which he’d distribute the following morning to each hunter in the party. This was part of the magic, because everyone believed this protected them from danger.” ~Page 11, paragraph 2

3. “Children everywhere have similar ways of entertaining themselves. If you look at it this way, the world isn’t so big.” ~Page 19, Paragraph 2

4. “During the rainy season when the mangoes were ripe, we filled our pails with fruit from the neighbor’s trees and soaked them in water while we ate our supper. Afterward, we passed the fruits around, biting into the juicy meat and letting the sweet syrup run down our down our fingers. If there wasn’t any moonlight to continue playing, my father gathered all the children inside our living room, lit a kerosene lamp, and told us folk tales.” ~Page 22, Paragraph 4

5. “’When planning the misfortune for your friends,’ he said, ‘be careful because it will come back to haunt you. You must always wish others well.’” ~Page 24, Paragraph 4

6. “Being born Malawian automatically made you a farmer. I think it’s written in the

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