King of the Wind Deluxe Edition
"The sixth horse shall be a bay -- not a dark bay, but a clear bay -- whose coal is touched with gold. When he flees under the sun he is the wind."
When the Sultan of Morocco selects six horses to send as a gift to the King of France, Agba, a young horseboy, is honored to have his stallion chosen. Sham, a beautiful golden bay named for the Arabian sun, is meant, along wi...more
The story of Sham is the story of hope, of struggle through hardship and t ...more
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.
The story of the Godolphin Arabian, blessed with unbelievable spe ...more
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. T ...more
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 foundatio ...more
I also enjoyed the history in King of the Wind, as well as ...more
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 tha ...more
I can't argue with that -- Henry clearly knew her horses -- but I still wasn't all that sold on King of the W ...more
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.
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 fict ...more
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 ...more
But not King of the Wind. King of the Wind is in a different class altogether. It oozes of Arabian sand and high-blooded stallions. But before I get ahead of myself...
Agba has lost his heart; lost it to the beautiful mare, the mare who live ...more
This features an orphan (almost all my favorite literary characters are orphans - so brave and courageous!) in close relationship with ...more
I like the idea of the mute caretaker of Sham, but that is not part of the true story. Sham also wasn't cast out or mistreated in real life.
I'm not a huge fan of animal stories, but this book is interesting.
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