King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

by Marguerite Henry
Illustrator Wesley Dennis

Aladdin | December 26, 2006 | Trade Paperback

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416927867

ISBN - 13: 9781416927860

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book For Horse Lovers This book is a book for horse lovers but not only. This book has suspense in it and by the end you won't stop reading! Very moving...
Date published: 2006-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fondest Memories I read this book as a child and now, as my youngest and I homeschool, I have chosen this book in particular for one of our readers. I loved this book when I was his age, and watching his supreme interest in stories about the doubted and/or marginalized making good, as well as animals, I knew this would be the right book about horses to begin to look at in more detailed form. The story of Sham and Agba, their adventures, their trials, their first meeting and knowing each other, so suitably begun on the racetrack in Ontario, our home province, brings together the international love of the thoroughbred as hope and saviour of a generation. Whether or not one enjoys the world of horses and the race and breeding of them, or simply wants to know more of the history of real people and/or the sport involved including the generational ties to lands far away, this novel provides a rich and relevant background for the beginning of the understanding of the true attachment and relationships that can be forged in the best of times and the most trying between man or boy and gentle beast. I recommend this book to any young person who loves animals, the triumph and continuance of the first line of Sham, brings to young lives a continuity of challenge and excitement so rarely and really achieved in many other books in our time. Happy reading!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from king of the wind i'm 14 and when i first read this book i was 10. i've only read it once but it really captured me. A story of a slave boy taken in to tend horses and stables. The boy forming a strong bond with a special racing horse ,together they go through the best and the worst of times. Having a strong friendship bond the horse mostly listens to the slave boy. Yet it could be hard at times for a race horse. A good book of moral and virtue a definite inspiration indeed. Based on a true story. A great read
Date published: 2005-09-17

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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

by Marguerite Henry
Illustrator Wesley Dennis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416927867

ISBN - 13: 9781416927860

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Marguerite Henry was born on April 12, 1902 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After high school, she attended the Milwaukee State Teachers College. She became an English teacher. She sold her first published story to a woman's magazine in 1913. Her first book, "Justin Morgan Had a Horse" was named a Newberry Honor Book. This and her other titles to follow were written in collaboration with illustrator, Wesley Dennis. They worked together until his death in 1996. Her other works included "King of the Wind," the story of the Godolphin Arabian horse, which won a Newberry Award, "Misty of Chincoteague," which won the Junior Book Award Medal of the Boys' Clubs of America, and "Justin Morgan Had a Horse," which won the Junior Scholastic Gold Seal Award. She was presented the Children's Reading Roundtable Award for her lasting contribution to children's reading in 1961. At the time of her death she had written 58 books. Her works have been translated into eight languages. Marguerite Henry died of complications from a series of strokes on November 26, 1997 in California.

Editorial Reviews

"A book to delight all horse lovers."
-- Horn Book

Appropriate for ages: 8