Paint the Wind

Paint the Wind

by Pam Muñoz Ryan


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A sheltered girl. A wild horse. An unforgettable journey.

Maya lives like a captive. At Grandmother's house in California, everything is forbidden: friends, fun, even memories. And her life is built on lies: lies Grandmother tells her about her dead mother, lies Maya tells to impress or manipulate. But then she moves to the vast Wyoming wilderness where her mother's family awaits -- kind, rugged people who have no tolerance for lies. They challenge Maya to confront the truth about who she is. And a mysterious mustang called Artemisia waits, too. She holds the key to Maya's freedom. But to find it, Maya will have to risk everything, including her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545101769
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 103,967
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.

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Paint the Wind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have always luved horses and this book is spectacular! i luv it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing, I have read it several times. I absolutely love this book, it is a dynamic story of love and fear. A must read! I recomend to anybody!
KayLee27 More than 1 year ago
Paint The Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan is about eleven year-old Maya Limner. Since her parents died when she was four, she lives with her strict grandmother in California. Soon her grandmother dies and she goes to live with her grandfather, great uncle, and great aunt. She has read many books on horses at libraries, but little does she know that she will come to have a very strong connection with a very special wild horse her mother once rode! She has many minor adventures at their ranch in Utah, learning about her mother's past until an earthquake strikes and changes her life forever. I thought this was a very exciting tale and adults and children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy it! :)
pandora11 More than 1 year ago
paint the wind was a thrilling adventure of sadness,happiness,and was detailed so good i felt i was in the book .i even read it 4 times it was so good! it also is a great story for teachers to read to students. its lesson is to be your self and don't back down to things your afraid of. IT ROCKS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were realistic, the language was precise and profound. A great read. But the one fault that I found is when Maya is learning how to ride with the Limners. Being a rider myself, I know what it's like to learn how to ride, and it seemed to me that Maya jumped from learning how to steer to cantering way too fast. Honestly, it takes more than two days to learn how to ride like a pro. Maybe I'm wrong, that was just my reaction when I read the book. Anyway, that's only one fault when there could have been ten. I highly reccomend this book. It really is well written, and it's a must read for horse fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paint the Wind is a great story for young readers interested in horses or who may be struggling with losing a loved one and staying connected to their memory. Maya has lost both of her parents in a terrbie tragedy and now lives with her stuffy, bitter, and overproctective grandmother who forbids any talk or memory of Maya's mother. The only way Maya is able to stay connected to her mother's memory is through one remaining picture and a few plastic toy horses. When Maya is suddenly whisked away to the Wyoming horse camp her mother grew up on, Maya finds MANY ways to connect to her mother--most importantly her mother's wild mare, Artemisia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read Pams other horse book, riding Freedom, and I thought that it had much more character. But this one was very good. If you like the Phantom Stallion books , you'll like this one. I'd recommend it to any horse book reader. It had lots of good description, and it was very well put together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and thought it was amazing. I think it is one of the best horse books writen thus being one of my favoroites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Appropriate for all ages your mom would definetly let you read it.
luvraven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by this talented author! This was a read aloud to 4th and 5th grade students. Everyone enjoyed it very much!
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Maya's parents are killed in an accident, she goes to live with her grandmother. In an attempt to keep Maya safe, her grandmother controls every detail of her life and won't even allow her to talk about her mother. When her grandmother dies, Maya discovers that her mother's family had been kept away from her for years. She goes to live with them and discovers a whole new world of freedom and love.Intertwined with Maya's story is the story of Artemisia, a wild horse who knew Maya's mother. As Maya and Artemisia learn to trust and depend on each other, Maya has a choice to make that will affect both of their lives forever...Another wonderful, moving story from Ryan. Horse lovers will gobble this one up.
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now I will review Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan. This book is about a girl who must find the secrets of the past. Can she change from an elegant house girl to a rugged horse rider? And can this book be any girlier? I think the main idea is that change is important. I think that because at first she was sad, but when her grandmother died and she went to her uncle's home, she was happy.
joannachilders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful novel of love, loss, redemption, and lies. Maya transforms from a pathological and manipulative child into a strong, centered girl with the help of her mother's family and her relationship with a wild mustang, Artemisia. This book should appeal to many young people who are enthralled with horses and the Wild West (I'm fairly certain all girls go through a horse stage). However, the first and third chapters of the book can be off putting - they are a vivid and detailed description of a horse giving birth: " The amniotic sac appeared, and through the taut pearly film, a hoof could be seen...and as the upper body of the foal delivered, the filmy membrane separated."Although there is nothing untoward in the descriptions, it is still startling to begin a book in this manner - and it may discourage more squeamish readers.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Orphaned early, .Maya is one of those poor little rich girls who have almost everything they need except love. All Maya has left is a box full of plastic horses and one photo rescued from her grandmother's effort to destroy all traces of her mother. But when a stroke claims her grandmother, Maya discovers her mother's family not only isn't a batch of illiterate pig farmers, but actually wants her. In Wyoming she has aunts, uncles, and even a cousin - and their are horses! Rather better than I expected after the sappy opening. The parts featuring Maya are very readable. The parts featuring Artemisia (the mare) are incredibly over the top. The behavior described may be horse behavior, but it's WAY to anthropomorphic. It distracts from the rest of the book.
laurieleewalsh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The story starts with Maya being an orphan stuck inside her grandmother's house all the time. Her crabby grandma has a stroke and then Maya's second (or 3rd) life begins . . . she moves to Wyoming to live with her mother's relatives.I really enjoyed how there are two stories - the story of Maya and the story of the paint mare, Artemesia and how they intertwine. Munoz-Ryan got the "horsey" parts pretty much right . . . there were a couple things like Payton riding a "bucking bronco" that real ranching families would not say, but otherwise I think she did a great job. I could not put this book down! I plan on this book being my next read-aloud for my class!
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not Ryan's best. "Esperanza Rising" is still my favorite. But a good addition to the horse story collection. When her Pasadena grandmother dies of a stroke, overprotected orphan Maya is sent to her grandfather in Wyoming, where she bonds with a wild mare named Artemisia.
svnopa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pam Munoz Ryan is a favorite writer of mine but I was a little worried when I saw this book as a potential girl-loves-horses book. I shouldn't have worried - Ryan has written a beautiful book about emotional journeys and finding strength and support. The main character, Maya moves from the very controlled home of her paternal grandmother to the wild river camp where her mother's family interacts with horses in the wild. Maya notes early in the book that her name means "a journey about to begin" and the book takes her through a journey that reconciles her past and puts her in a place where she can face her future with confidence and support. Ryan's characters are portrayed with vibrancy and depth. Attention to accuracy is evident as Maya learns to ride and about the different breeds of horses. This is a book of original content that is appealing to children and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time in 1st grade. I've had a copy since before 2012, so I don't know why it says it was published in 2012. I highly recommend giving this a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know I'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites.I had a wonderful time guessing and learnig about Maya's past. It was mind blowing all she had been through in the early years of her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book I never wanted it to end ;) It was one off the most incredible books i've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book it has such amazing parts in the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havn't read this one yet but i have read Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan and it was awesome. If you don't want to know what the book is about stop reading. Ok wel first Esperanzas papa dies and thwn they movto cifornia to become oops gtg cygl bb!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! I have read this book 9 times!!!!!!!!!!! I think Ms.Ryan is a very awesome writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)