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Paint the Wind

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,028 ratings  ·  397 reviews
This epic horse story, in the tradition of BLACK STALLION, marks exciting new territory for one of our most treasured and celebrated novelists.

A puzzling photograph, a box filled with faded toy horses, and a single fractured memory are all that Maya has left of her mother. In Grandmother house, she lives like a captive, tethered by rules... until a shocking event changes e
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press (first published 2007)
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Charlotte
Mar 02, 2008 Charlotte rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody who is a fan of horses, mostly girls, 8-12.
Recommended to Charlotte by: Emily
This is definitely in my top 10 books. I wasn't sure about reading this because it had to do with fantasy and horses and I just wasn't up to trying to believe in Pegasus horses that live by a magical lake. Then I started to get into it and I really liked it. The beginning is pretty good, and I like the way her grandmother makes her dress and talk and eat. I think that it would be kind of cool to see what that type of life is like. When Payton loses her favorite horse Paint {I think that's it's n ...more
No-Name
Little known fact:
My mother was visiting with her father for a week-long horse-back riding trip somewhere out in Nevada once upon a time. Coincidently, Pam (the author of this book) was there at the same time as my mother. She was on a research trip for this very book. The two chatted, exchanged emails, and I suppose it was over there.
Cool as that was, and as much as I fan-girled at the the prospect that my mother had met such a wonderful author, it saddens me to say something. The publicity of
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Kavya
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY GUD BOOK KIND OF DIGUSTING AT FIRST but then u get so in to it its not even funny
Hannah
This book......oh my..... lets do some comparison.


Pros:
Only horse-based novel that doesn't follow suit with saddle club
Good plot and story line
Realistic story-line and characters and facts
The focus of the novel stayed the same the entire book
There were relatable characters

Cons:
I hated the main character
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Ashley
I may be a fanatic but i have read this book about eight times. I read it whenever i have nothing else to read and i enjoy it every time!
It starts with Maya, living under her grandmother's controlling care, and always dreaming about seeing the horses her parents loved so much. To her they were all a mystery. One day though her grandmother has a random stroke and dies, leaving Maya with no where to go but her mother's family, who she was supposed to visit every summer. She has a hard time adapti
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Lars Guthrie
Now I've read and own the complete Munoz Ryan chapter-book collection. While 'Paint the Wind' ranks slightly below the stellar 'Esperanza Rising,' it's right up there with the others: the recent 'The Dreamer,' 'Becoming Naomi Leon,' and 'Riding Freedom.'

'Paint' is ostensibly a horse story, about an isolated and lonely orphaned girl who opens up to the world after riding the same wild mustang her mother loved. However, Maya's prim and repressed personality is formed during a cloistered upbringing
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Katherine
Book: Paint the Wind
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Length: 325 pages
Date Finished: 1/26/13

Paint the Wind tells two stories at once, which link together at the end. One is about a horse named Artemesia. At the beginning of the story, she gives birth to a foal, Klee. Sometime later, she senses danger and returns to her family. One day, Artemesia hears a helicopter. She knew that there would be a gather so she and Klee left from the area. But the rest of the family was still in the
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Sarah
The book Paint the Wind by Pam Muñoz Ryan was published in September of 2007. It is a fiction book that was inspired by the author’s sister and experiences her sister had that relate to the book. In this book the categories are split between a story about an orphan and a horse and how their story comes together as one. Ryan’s inspiration in writing this story and other stories comes from person experiences, experiences she has observed and multiple ideas that she has thought of and brought toget ...more
Beth A.
My son is reading this as part of "Battle of the Books." I wanted to screen it because of the "being held captive by her grandmother" bit mentioned in the book description. So I found an audiobook version on Library2go, and listened. It was fine. Grandmother was pathologically restrictive, but it wasn't gruesome in any way, or critical of authority figures.

I actually loved how her grandfather and his family were portrayed. And her response to changes in her life. It showed the effects of how sh
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Hailey L
I read this book a few years ago and it was really great! It had tons of adventures and shows that taking risks in life can be worth it!
Lydia Kramer
In you're into animals and nature, you'll probably like this book. Though, if you're like me and you're not necessarily interested in animals and nature, there's a high probability you'll also enjoy this book as well. "Paint the Wind" is an animal story featuring a young girl, Maya, as the protagonist. The pace of this book is very nice, not too fast, not too slow, so it keeps the reader engaged.
Coping with the death of her parents, Maya is discovering her love for horses and adventure. Maya
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Eden
Maya has lived with her strict and overprotective Grandmother ever since her parents died when she was young. All Maya has left of her Mother is some toy horses and a photograph, both of which she has to keep hidden.

But suddenly, something happens and it changes Maya's life.

First I want to say that I really like the cover for this book. It is beautiful. Just as a warning, my review will probably contain some spoilers so read no further if you don't want any spoiled.

In the beginning I wasn't sur
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Amandine
Dès les premières pages, j'avais une impression de déjà vu. En fait, j'ai déjà lu ce livre il y a un bon moment mais la couverture et la description ne me disait rien. Donc, du coup, ça a été plus une relecture qu'une découverte. J'ai bien aimé cette petite histoire, à part l'héroïne qui m'a un peu gonflé avec ses mensonges abusifs. Je ne me souvenais plus de la fin, donc c'étais sympa de relire ce livre.
Emilie Casady
I loved this book! Not only was it full of imagery and excitement, but I love to read about animals and humans and the bond they share together and how close they can become. The girl in this book was never really close to roses in the beginning, but she knew that her mother, who is dead, was very close to them. She wants to find out more about her mother but instead she stuck living at her grandmothers house who forbids to speak of her mothers name. Later on she soon goes on an adventure to her ...more
Delaney
i thought the book paint the wind by Pam Munoz Ryan was a really good book. i like the book because it is about horses and the author has been with wild horses. She rode for eight days in southwestern Wyoming she slept in a teepee on the banks of the sweet water river
Lizabeth
This book was a selection for our Mother/Daughter book club. Most of the girls are 8-9 years of age. The story is told from the Maya's (main character) perspective, and alternates with Artemisia's (a wild horse) tale. My daughter, who loves horses and horsebackriding, is captivated by it so far. Since I heard some girls have struggled reading this book, I make sure to check in with her; asking what she likes, what she doesn't understand, and prodding her to make predictions.

The story is filled
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Bradley Mavericks
I really liked this book because because it dealt with horses and horses was in my life up to the 2nd grade. This book is about a girl named Maya and she goes to her grandfather's house. Maya's cousin, Peyton wasn't happy Maya came to the ranch Maya's grandfather owns. Peyton was at first mean to Maya, but then they became really good friends. The plot is trying to find Maya's mother's horse which is a paint. Setting takes place at the ranch/farm. What is really good in this book is when Maya f ...more
Kaila
El libro Pinta el viento, se trata de una niña llamado Maya quien ha vivido con su abuela desde cuando sus padres murieron. La abuela de Maya odia a la mamá de Maya. Maya tiene una vida terrible porque no puede ir de la casa o jugar afuera. Maya se hace sorprendida cuando su abuela tiene un ataque de corazón. Maya va a la casa de su abuelo en el lado de su mamá. Tiene una experiencia spectacular cuando aprende a montar caballo. Parte del libro está del punto de vista de un caballo que se llama A ...more
Dottie Butterfield
I must say first off I picked this book up on the recommendation of my oldest daughter to read with my youngest daughter. I enjoy reading with my children no matter what the book or genre, but some more than others. This book captured my heart as well as the heart and spirit of both of my girls. Living on a farm, having cattle and a horse, my girls know how the bond can be nurtured between man and beast. Ryan does an amazing job of captivating the reader and bringing them right out onto the plai ...more
Chantel
Orphaned girl, wild horses, tale of survival... No preteen girl will be able to resist!
Noa Leibson
The best book iv ever read. Yes, I read it an unmistakeable 11 times!
Kalynda
This book was a series of surprises, as in..."huh...that's not what I thought would happen" or "that is not what I thought this story was going to be about", but all in a good way. Although I will say that a little over 1/4 of the way through I thought...do I even like this book? But I am glad I kept reading, because yes, I really liked the book...it ended up being a strong female character book. There was a lot of hard truths in it, within her characters. As much as "Esperanza Rising" has been ...more
McKenzie
The themes in Paint the wind are trust, love and freedom. An example of trust is when Maya goes to Wyoming to live with her maternal grandfather after living with her paternal grandmother when she dies of a stroke. Even though Maya hasn't seen him since she was 4 years old, she still in a way trusts him, and wants to be around him. An example of love is when she hides a picture of her deceased mother on a horse, and hides a shoes box of toy horses from her mean paternal grandmother,that used to ...more
Christy
This epic horse story, in the tradition of BLACK STALLION, marks exciting new territory for one of our most treasured and celebrated novelists.

A puzzling photograph, a box filled with faded toy horses, and a single fractured memory are all that Maya has left of her mother. In Grandmother house, she lives like a captive, tethered by rules... until a shocking event changes e...more This epic horse story, in the tradition of BLACK STALLION, marks exciting new territory for one of our most treasured
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Janelle Whitfield
“Paint the Wind” captured my heart the first time I read from it. Last winter I was substitute teaching for a fourth grade teacher, part of our schedule for the day included reading a chapter from “Paint the Wind.” After reading our planned chapter, it was difficult to put the book down. One chapter and I was hooked. So much so, that when I took my students to gym later in the day, I hurried back to the classroom to read more, forfeiting the time I had allotted to catch up on some school work my ...more
Kathy
Jan 14, 2013 Kathy added it
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Paint The Wind
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Review by Ruth Mercedes

This book is a great story about a girl named Maya and how quickly her life is changed and the events that occur during this change.
The story begins with Maya a girl who wants to be free from the tight boundaries of her very formal and strict grandmothers house.And learn more about her mother and what she was like. At a very young age Maya’s parents die from an accident that the story doesn’t tell you but somehow Maya’s Grandmother blames ho
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Sarah H
I thought this book was amazing , and I definatly would recommend this book to every one. It was an adventurous story about a girl ,Maya who is pretty much being held captive in her grandmothers house. She is an only child and her mother and father were kiled in a horseback riding accidend when she was very young. Her Dads mother now will never forgive her mothers side of the family for her mothers love of horses and the trip they took. When her parents had died ,they had aggreed that Maya would ...more
Rah~ri


2/14/09
:)
... I am such a girl.
Why do kids books seem to be so much more emotional than adult books?
Damn. Got a bit chocked up quite a bit?
Cute book. Good for kids.
300 and some pages so may depend on the kid?
Quick read though, with a story line that holds you close.
Over all I did like it. Just what I was looking for!
It was written in a way that just lightly touched the surface of many things,
It could have been much deeper or more involved
but for the target audience I think it was perfect.
Some
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Bethany
Maya's parents died when she was four years old, and ever since, she's lived with her grandmother, her father's mother. Grandmother is very strict, very protective--Maya can't leave the yard, can't have friends, can't do anything remotely dangerous or fun, can't play, can't mention her mother, can't mention horses. Maya's world is very small, as a result, but Maya's learned a few things--how to lie, mostly, to avoid getting in trouble or to get a troublesome housekeeper fired--that make life bea ...more
Cindy
This was one of my daughters favorite books, so we just listened to it on audio-book on a car ride to my in-laws 50th anniversary party. She wanted to share it with her sister. I loved the descriptions of the landscape. One of my daughters favorite parts was the between the chapter part from the horses viewpoint. My husband didn't buy the 11 year old girl being able to save herself, but I personally love the strong female character for my girls (9 and 10) to read about.
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