King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian


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He was named 'Sham' for the sun, this golden red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco's stone stables.
Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune.
Although he was as swift as the desert winds, Sham's proud pedigree would be scorned all his life
by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. Their adventures take them
from the sands of the Sahara to the royal courts of France and, finally, to the green pastures and
stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned Godolphin Arabian, whose blood flows through the veins
of almost every superior Thoroughbred. Sham's speed—like his story—has become legendary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416927860
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 89,330
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marguerite Henry was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

Wesley Dennis was best known for his illustrations in collaboration with author Marguerite Henry. They published sixteen books together.

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Text copyright © 1948, copyright renewed © 1976 by Marguerite Henry

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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
MarineWifeSC More than 1 year ago
This book was by far my favorite as a child. I did a book report on King Of The Wind 3 years in a row in elementary school. The story is full of suspense and adventure for a young reader. As a child I feel in love with this story and the adventures of Sham and Agba. It's obvious why this book was a NewBerry Book award winner
Labradorlover0SM More than 1 year ago
Sham is a brave,beautiful,courages horse.I love Margiuerite Henry.Read KING OF THE WIND.
Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
King of the Wind is one of my all time favorite books. I loved it when I was 10 and I still love it now. I loved the adventures Agba and Sham went through. This is a wonderful book for the classroom or just for pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"King of the Wind" is about the story of the Godolphin Arabian. The Godolphin arabian is a horse that was born at the start of the book. A mute horseboy named Agba helped do the delivery (actually he kind of slept through it, but thats not important). He names the foal "Sham". Then the King of France orders six of the best horses in the kingdom to be sent to his domain. Sham is one of them! But when they get there Sham is treated like an outcast, when Agba knows that he is The King of the Wind. Then the Earl of Godolphin finds them and names Sham the Godolphin Arabian. King of the wind is probably one of the most boring books I have ever read. it starts out okay, but then gets worse and worse from there. And I don't like the fact that the main character is a mute. It's like "so and so" he thought. Its too confusing. Anyway I do not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have read it every year. It just keeps getting better and better. I love horses and it is one of those books that make you want to strive for your dreams and goals. I would defenitly recommened
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was boy named Agba who took care of horses. He is also known as a Horseboy. The one horse he took care of began to get pregnant. Agba took the horse to a special place where the colt could be born. The colt was born, and Agba named it Sham. He named the colt Sham because his coat was gold. Sham means "light of sun". Agba and Sham traveled everywhere. They visited the Earl of Goldolphin and GogMogog. People started not to like them, so they told them to go to certain places. At the end Sham met another horse named Roxanna. Roxanna got pregnant and had three sons. The three sons went to races and won every time. Sham lived to be 27. He did the King of the Wind. After Sham died Agba went back to Morroco to take care of other horses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Great for aldults and children!
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HelenA_ 11 months ago
I originally picked up this book expecting a harsher read, something that was not very entertaining and more of a serious story of animal mistreatment as it seemed to me from reading the back cover, something more like Anna Sewell’s black beauty, a quite painful and emotional story of a horses treatment by different owners. However that expectation was proved incorrect although not necessarily as what I viewed as a negative way. The story although it did include some moments of despair for the main characters amongst different people really seems rather whimsical and focuses more on the deep connection between animal and human. The devotion of the boy, Agba, to the horse is really quite striking and one sees at the end of the story really how much of his life he spent following and reuniting with this creature ultimately to work in order to stay with the animal he had such deep connection with. The one thing I disliked about the story was it’s short length and fast pace which it seemed to me lead to the author creating a shallower plot line and some incoherencies mainly towards the end of the book. There was especially a certain point at which I got the impression that the author wanted more time to go by and less to occur and write about leaving the reader with a rather abrupt ending which, although appropriate for the novel I found came to quickly for the circumstances of what had occurred to Agba and Sham prior to the final resolution of the story. From the beginning of the story to the ending previously described, there is a very large difference in the amount of detail and description of Agba and Sham’s living descriptions throughout their journey. The author seemed to give at the end only a few ideas of what occurred for a relatively long span of time in an undesirable area, the reasons for them being there already quite unclear. Besides this mainly subjective issue, the author does well in giving the reader a good sense of the characters and provides detailed sometimes humorous descriptions of the people met by Agba and the horse Sham along their journey. As they travel from Morocco to the point when Sham starts his legacy in England the story in continuously engaging and I ended up not wanting to put it down. By the end of the story as it concluded leading to the present day as it had started in the beginning, I was seriously disappointed as I had become so involved. If you want a short, enjoyable, and well written story this is definitely a top option.
dimestorenovel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid - one of the few that I read over and over again. I would study the illustrations (Dennis) and try to copy them. It was one of the few books that I actually owned as a child which, perhaps, explained why it was so special. I still own that original scholastic paperback copy. The story is beautiful, full of adventure and I especially remember that Henry's descriptions of the colours of the horses were magical.
TianaWarner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite books of all time. A true classic, and a must-read for anyone who loves horses.
Tirzah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like, not love horses; but I'm a sucker for a good animal story; and this one, based on history with some liberty in the telling, is outstanding. I loved the book as a kid, and it's still a great read in my 50's. The detail of the backgrounds, from Morocco to the streets of Paris and the marshes in England, the riches-to-rags-to-riches story of the fiery Arabian Sham and the mute boy, Agba, who loved him; make this book a wonderful reading experience.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the appeal of this story is the overwhelming odds that Agba and Sham overcome before someone recognizes the worth of Sham. I especially liked the love Agba had for Sham and how he stuck with Sham despite the difficulties of being mute and a foreigner. The illustrations (by Dennis Wesley) are quite detailed and beautiful.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the founding father of racehorses, Sham, ¿King of the Wind,¿ and his friend, the stable boy, Agba. The story begins in Morocco where the sultan sends Sham and Agba off to France as a gift for the king. But the French laugh at the little horse and Sham is sent off to a series of owners, here and there, loved and hated, until he finally ends up in England. It is only in England when the true nature of Sham¿s racing abilities are realized through his offspring, three horses who win for their owner prize after prize.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Only the Black Stallion can eclipse this "based on a true story" tale of the Godolphin Arabian. A wonderful novel as much the story of a horse as of his loyal stable boy. An exciting adventure tale more than worthy of its Newbury Medal!
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A horse story? I groaned when I picked up this book. I've been trying to read the books assigned to my daughter, and this was next on the list. I've usually found animal stories to be boring and I've never found horses to be all that interesting. But I dutifully picked it up and gave it a read. "King of the Wind" is the story of the Godolphin Arabian, a horse from the 18th Century that is supposedly the great-grand-pappy of all the great racing horses. While I couldn't really get into the horse aspect of the story, it is a well written and interesting story. A sort of rags-to-riches tale. It's a Newberry medal winner and even I have to admit it's worth checking out. --J.
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manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in Morocco on a small race track for the finest racehorses out there. The track was home to the man ‘o war the best racehorse of his time. Agba is a young orphan that is left out of a lot is about to have his life changed forever. One day Agba is summoned as a horse boy and is assigned to a purebred racehorse named Sham. Sham and Agba are on their way to France for Shams race. When they get there Agba loses track of Sham. Agba starts looking for Sham and eventually finds him and Shams real owner. Shams owner is a very cruel person who doesn’t care about anybody else but himself and he enslaves Agba and sends him to England to work for him because he can. This book was very slow. It was interesting at the beginning and started to slow down from there. Eventually this book got very boring and I didn’t want to read it. If there was more going on in this book I would have had a stronger interest but no. I suggest you don’t get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to get this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my ALL TIME FAV and i hav read no joke about a thousand books READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!!!! :)
stellajonesMS More than 1 year ago
My favorite book as a child! I have the hardback and it is also my daughters favorite book! I am so excited it is now available on the nook!
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