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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
     

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

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by Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
 

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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 swift as the desert winds, Sham's pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham

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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 swift as the desert winds, Sham's 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 very superior thoroughbred. Sham's speed — like his story — has become legendary.

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"A book to delight all horse lovers."
Horn Book
Children's Literature
For young readers who love horses, King of the Wind has long been a classic alongside Marguerite Henry's many other beloved horse stories such as Misty of Chincoteague. This one is the tale based on fact, of a swift and spirited Arabian horse sent by the Sultan of Morocco as a gift to Louis XV of France. Unfortunately, Sham (named for the sun), and his young groom Agba are undervalued by the French and end up in England, where they endure some grueling adventures before the Arabian's true value is understood. Readers will find it fascinating that this horse was an ancestor of many famous thoroughbreds, including Man o'War. Children today may find the style a bit ornate and the story rather too heart-rending, but it's still an absorbing tale with a triumphant finish. First published in 1948 and winner of the 1949 Newbery Medal, King of the Wind has been reissued as part of a "Marguerite Henry Library" in a deluxe edition that is essentially the same as the one in print for so long, but with a few useful additions. The original expressive monochrome watercolors by Wesley Dennis are included, and Henry's publisher at Rand McNally has contributed his personal recollections. These features and a "King of the Wind Scrapbook" with photographs and manuscript notes make it a useful addition to a library and an attractive gift for a thoughtful young horse-lover. 2001 (orig. 1948), Simon and Schuster, $21.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416927860
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
12/26/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
70,955
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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

Meet 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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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 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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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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deaudonnee More than 1 year ago
I first heard this story when I was in elementary school a long long time ago and loved it. Our teacher would read us a chapter a day. I had all but forgotten about it until I was in B&N one afternoon and decided to see if it was in stock as I wanted my middle granddaughter to have a copy since she loves horses. My mother ended up being the one who read it and pronounced it wonderful. I am sure that any kid from elementary to middle school would love this book and its exciting story. Furthermore, if I am remembering correctly, it will also give an insight into another culture.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least 20 times, and I will read it twenty more!! Out of my thousands of favortie books, this one stands out. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I REALLY LIKED THIS STORY. THERE IS ALOT OF ADVENTURE IN THIS BOOK. IT'S SUCH A MOVING STORY.
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I have the REAL COPY?Haha good-bye odios what iimeant ahla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down, the best book I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 25 years ago and still vividly remember it. The beautiful pictures and the heart catching story, one you will never forget. One I never forgot. A definate must for any young horse lover.