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Paint the Wind

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,500 Ratings  ·  444 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press (first published 2007)
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Mar 02, 2008 Charlotte rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2013 No-Name rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2009 Kavya rated it it was amazing
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY GUD BOOK KIND OF DIGUSTING AT FIRST but then u get so in to it its not even funny
Jun 09, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
This book......oh my..... lets do some comparison.

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

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Sep 30, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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
Lars Guthrie
Aug 26, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2016 Rafael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how the author compared the life of Klee with Mayas life. I find it interesting how the author was able to use a baby horse to show how strong the relation between a mother and the baby is. I liked how it showed the love of both Maya and Klee for their mothers. Really recommend it for people who really enjoy a mother and son or daughter relationship.
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
Beautiful book with a powerful ending. A children's book that is easy enough for a child to follow and entertaining enough for an adult to read.
Hailey L
Apr 21, 2015 Hailey L rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2014 Lydia Kramer rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Dec 17, 2014 Emilie Casady rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2014 Delaney rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2014 Lizabeth rated it really liked it
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
Bradley Mavericks
Dec 02, 2014 Bradley Mavericks rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a definite page-turner in a beautiful setting with a heart-warming, soulful story. Maya grows up in the repressive home of her ultra-controlling paternal grandmother after her parents' death. She adapts to her environment by learning how to lie for attention and use sabotage and manipulation to get her way. When circumstances change, she finds herself with her maternal grandfather's family on a ranch in Wyoming.

What ensues is a summer of living with horses in the beautiful wilderness of
Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 Mrs. Hassig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met Pam Munoz Ryan years ago at a librarian's conference and got to eat dinner with her. She is a lovely lady! This book had just come out and I didn't have time to read it and forgot about it until I saw it recently at the public library in audio format. I checked it out and listened to it in my car on the way to school. It was the most beautiful book I've read in a long, long time. If you love horses you will fall in love with this book. I cried at the end and it was tears of joy at not only ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Kaila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2014 Dottie Butterfield rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book was exquisitely written showing the struggles of both a parentless teenage girl and a wild horse. Both have extremely different struggles but manage to find peace in each other. Intertwined is the mischief of a teenage boy, a loving aunt, and two goofy uncles who all love her very much. Finding out that Artemisia was her mothers horse, Maya connects with the horse well when she finds Artemisia and they encounter a natural disaster together. Working together these two survivors find a w ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Chantel rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Orphaned girl, wild horses, tale of survival... No preteen girl will be able to resist!
Noa Leibson
Dec 16, 2010 Noa Leibson rated it it was amazing
The best book iv ever read. Yes, I read it an unmistakeable 11 times!
Dec 31, 2014 Kalynda rated it really liked it
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 I even like this book? But I am glad I kept reading, because yes, I really liked the 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
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
May 14, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
Janelle Whitfield
Feb 19, 2013 Janelle Whitfield rated it really liked it
“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
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