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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 Wesley Dennis King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian 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 misfo

  • Title: King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
  • Author: Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis
  • ISBN: 9780027436297
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian By Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis 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 andHe 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.
    King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian By Marguerite Henry Wesley Dennis

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    1. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      My daughter is 7 and loves horses And so it is no surprise that this short book by Marguerite Henry about the Godolphin Arabian was one of her favorites A fairy tale full of surprises and suspense, the story of Agba and Sham was a nice read There is a than a tinge of Orientalism unfortunately, but still it does not distract from the beauty of the prose and the splendid illustrations A classic

    2. Mirrani on said:

      It seems like all the classic books about horses follow the same mold the horse is born, grows up, learns how to handle humans, goes through a casting out period where they are treated horribly and become separated from the people they love, then somewhere toward the end they find their family or human again and all is restored in the world This book fits right in with that category, so why do we all love it so deeply The story of Sham is the story of hope, of struggle through hardship and the r [...]

    3. Jinn Nelson on said:

      This book is amazing It s told by a mute boy No joke It s amazing because it s about a horse and his boy who is mute, and stays mute through the whole story Probably my favorite thing about this book is that one of the main characters tells you all about what happened to him and his his horse without saying a thing.

    4. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      I read this book in my preteen era I checked it out from the library during summer holidays at my ancestral home but I could not read it because I caught an eye infection I left for school with the tragedy of an unread book burning in my heart So imagine my delight when, next year when I came back for the vacation, I found the book still there my aunt had forgotten to return it The library must have written it off as lost.The story of the Godolphin Arabian, blessed with unbelievable speed and cu [...]

    5. Joy H. on said:

      Added 2 1 11 first published 1948 Below are the comments I made about _King of the Wind_ at my GR group I recently listened to the audio version of King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian first published 1948 by Marguerite Henry It won the 1949 Newbery Medal, an award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.This fictionalized story is based on fact The Godolphin Arabian is the ancestor of the finest thoroughbred horses The story [...]

    6. Wendy on said:

      This is one of my favorite books of all time I m aware that the vast majority of it is made up, but the way Henry weaves the story makes it believable anyway You want Sham and Agba to be together again, even if Agba wasn t real at all.One of the criticized portions of the story, the cat Grimalkin, actually was real, if not in quite the way he appeared in this book, by the way.Henry tells an entertaining, compelling tale which has endeared the Godolphin Arabian, one of three tail male foundation [...]

    7. Kathi on said:

      I was happy to become reacquainted with Marguerite Henry in this early ish Newbery winner Google sources gave me a new appreciation of her from learning about her childhood illness that made her bedridden for six years, to a tribute from her publisher in a commemorative edition of the book Henry s charm and kindness were noteworthy plus, what an example of well lived years Henry published her last book shortly before she died at 95 I also enjoyed the history in King of the Wind, as well as the b [...]

    8. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Well written, vivid and memorable horse story, a definite classic and filled with action and adventure.

    9. Samuel on said:

      Before I get much farther into this review, I should probably say that I ve never been a horse book kind of reader So if you love Black Beauty and National Velvet and The Black Stallion, you may well like King of the Wind than I did A lot of the rest of this page is full of people who swear by it, largely based on its excellent descriptions of horses and horse behavior.I can t argue with that Henry clearly knew her horses but I still wasn t all that sold on King of the Wind It s or less based [...]

    10. Laura Verret on said:

      King of the Wind The name itself oozes of Arabian sand and high blooded stallionsThe Story Agba has lost his heart lost it to the beautiful mare, the mare who lives in the Sultan s stables The mare is a lovely thing and she holds a tiny foal deep within her tummy Tonight is the night it will come into the world.Agba is worried as he tends the mare throughout the night, but the morning sun shines on a new foal, spindly and small in the sunlight His name will be Sham the Arabic word for sun and he [...]

    11. Josiah on said:

      Few authors bring sympathy and enlightenment to the story of a horse than Marguerite Henry, and King of the Wind happens to be one of her very best such books, if not her magnum opus The story of the closeness between the Godolphin Arabian and his young, fiercely loyal master has an emotional stickiness that can t be beat by much else in literature Ultimately, though the historicity of the story is nothing short of fascinating, I think it is this resonant tenderness of relationship that gained [...]

    12. Sheila on said:

      This was an enjoyable read, by quintessential horse book author Marguerite Henry I enjoyed learning the hard luck, riches to rags to riches story even fictionalized as it was of the Godolphin Arabian, one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred horse breed.The book also tells the story of Agba, a faithful human that follows the horse he calls Sham , through his entire life I m not sure how much of Agba s story is true, or if Agba even ever existed, but I would like to think that he did.

    13. Joan Innes on said:

      This classic was a true horse lovers adventure The story begins in the royal Arabian household with one of the finest fillies in the kingdom foaling a young colt From the onset of its life, the beautiful colt has many signs declaring a life of contradictions greatness and difficulties that prove to be true It is born during a full moon during Ramadan and has two markings on its sleek coat that signify luck and hardship Like the stories of the Arabian Nights, this story is full of superstition, g [...]

    14. Anne Osterlund on said:

      Agba is a Moroccan slave boy who works with horses And falls in love with a small colt bearing the marks of both greatness and danger The boy names the horse Sham and together they race like the wind.When the Sultan of Morocco selects Sham as one of the six perfect horses to send to the king of France ordering Agba to go with him , the boy believes the horse s destiny is about to unfold.But will Sham s destiny be that of greatness Or will the mark of danger dominate both of their lives A fiction [...]

    15. Kate Schwarz on said:

      Great trip down memory lane for me Marguerite Henry was one of my very, very favorite authors as a horse obsessed kid I will have to read Misty of Chincoteague soon, even though it s not a Newbery Book just an honor bookill very worth of my 2353rd read in my life I liked the historical fiction aspect of the novel, loved the story of the first Arabian to arrive in Europe and strengthen the bloodlines of the horses there, and the story of Agba, the little mute horseboy, and his devotion to Sham, t [...]

    16. Kristen on said:

      Newbery Medal Winner 1949I have to admit I wasn t too excited about this one when I saw it was another horse story, but it was actually an enjoyable little read Definitely not something I would normally pick up and read, but a lot of these early Newbery winners have been that way This is really just a cute story about a boy and his horse they travel far and wide, experience tragedy and triumph, and are separated at times but they always find their way back to each other.

    17. Desi on said:

      If they still had the library records from my elementary school, one would see that I checked this book out SO MANY TIMES.

    18. Gina on said:

      A classic I ve loved this book each and every time I ve read it It s definitely Marguerite Henry at her best.

    19. Marklessgirl on said:

      Fast audio book love audio books because I can do some much and still be reading pretty good But not amazing, not planning on rereading, but I would watch a movie of it if I was a big horse fan I think I would love it Just because I really enjoyed the plot Content talk of muhammad and allah And some mild talk of the horse getting hurt, but not badly.

    20. Rena Sherwood on said:

      You don t have to be a horse lover to love Marguerite Henry s classic children s tale King of the Wind Rand McNally 1948 Winner of the prestigious Newberry Award in 1949, this is Henry s best known book after her Misty of Chincoteague series Like many other of Henry s books, King of the Wind is told from a child s point of view.In this case, the child is a mute slave named Agba from Morocco who works in the Sultan s stables long before the thoroughbred breed was created He manages to raise an or [...]

    21. Marin Ehrmantraut on said:

      This was a very good book If you love horses, this is a good book for you It is about a boy named Agba and his horse He is mute, but he is the most favored horse boy of his leader in Morocco His leader chooses six of his most prized horse boys and their horses, and sends them off to France It is a very hard journey, and when they get there, France does not welcome them to the royal stables, and they must part Agba and his horse are the only ones who do not go back to Morocco The royal leader of [...]

    22. Anna Lee on said:

      I read the novel and Newberry Award winner, King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.I would reccommend this book to someone that loves fiction and horses This book is about a horse and an owner, Agba, who go on an adventure together across the world You would also like this book if you love Arabian culture I would not reccommend this book to people who don t like stories about animals, or bonding between man and animal This book is best suited for a young adult who likes anything about an animal or [...]

    23. Julia on said:

      This was one of the books that I had come upon in my childhood when I was in the mood where a good portion of girls either love horses and or also want one of own In my case I don t know if I ever truly begged my parents for a horse but I was into all books of horses and ponies while even disliking one girl in third grade as she lied to a teacher thus taking away my Smithsonian guide of horses and ponies from around the world which I never did get it back This time going around the reading was a [...]

    24. stephanie on said:

      one of the first marguerite henry books i read, i was surprisingly disappointed i felt the story didn t move fast enough, and the details she included weren t interesting enough, that i never read it again i reread everything when i was younger honestly if i didn t read it at least twice, something was really wrong however, i want to pick it up again and see what i think now, because it does tell the true story of how the thoroughbred was created out of three strands of arabians in the bedoin de [...]

    25. D.C. on said:

      Really battling about whether to give this one two or three stars In all fairness, this is a book about a horse I am a male Take that into consideration I ve read a multitude of Newbery yarns similar to this where a main character or two goes on a long, seemingly endless adventure There weren t many distinguishing elements here And pardon me, but I don t understand how the horse went on to become so revered in the land what, exactly, did he do that proved him worthy The illustrations were odd so [...]

    26. Jenny on said:

      My daughter read this and wanted me to read it as well I enjoyed it and was drawn in by the story I liked one of the main characters, Agba, who is a mute The omniscient narrator tells you of Agba s feelings but, since he can t express himself out loud, you can feel the feelings the the narrator ascribes to the boy It almost makes it easier to really enter the story Agba is loyal to his horse whom he helped from the time the horse was born Agba was single minded and didn t give up despite the str [...]

    27. Heather on said:

      The story of the Godolphin Arabians begins here Sham is born under the new moon during Ramadan a sign that he will be strong and swift He bears the wheat ear, foretelling bad luck as well as a white spot on his heel, foretelling good luck Right from the beginning, the horse faces conflict as his owner attempts to kill him A mute slave boy, Agba decides to protect Sham and stay with him throughout his life They are sent with five others across the Mediterranean to France, where their struggles be [...]

    28. Tania on said:

      King of the Wind is the perfect example of how to fictionalize a true story None of the elements added to the story took away from the story itself, they simply added its heart and soul Reading this story, both as a child and an adult, I can place myself in Agba s shoes or bare feet and walk those thousands of miles with him and Sham through time King of the Wind is my favorite horse story, and honestly favorite book, of all time Henry impresses upon the reader all the beauty and majesty of this [...]

    29. Wanda on said:

      I first read King of the Wind years ago when I was a girl and reading every horse book I could get my hands on This is a story that has stayed with me for years and I have read it aloud to my children Their dad even listened in The true story of the Godolphin Arabian, this book chronicles the history of the golden stallion from Morocco who became the ancestor of all modern day race horses It is a captivating tale of the long journey and adventures of the horse and the poor mute stable boy who lo [...]

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