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King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
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Feb 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, animals, award-winner, biography-fictionalized, horses, audio-version, adapted-to-film
Read in January, 2011

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 tells about a swift and spirited Arabian horse named "Sham" who is sent by the Sultan of Morocco as a gift to Louis XV of France. Sham eventually sires a colt which is the beginning of the Goldolphin Arabian breed.

Although this is a book for young readers, it's an interesting, touching, well-told tale which appeals to older readers as well. A customer review at Amazon says:
"Marguerite Henry's fictionalized biography of the Goldolphin Arabian, one of the three founding thoroughbred sires, follows the horse Sham and his mute groom Agba from the stables of the Sultan of Morocco through hardship in France and England to celebrated triumph at stud. ... Agba, who never speaks a word, is one of the most absorbing characters in children's fiction. ... it's a must for horse lovers."

Marguerite Henry also wrote Misty of Chincoteague (1947), about a pony. In 1961, it was made into a movie which is streamable from Netflix:
"Misty" (1961)
Jim's review of the Misty book is here:

PS-My thanks to Werner whose post originally led me to this story, _King of the Wind_.
See his message #44 at:

ADDENDUM - 3/22/16
I just discovered that there is a film adaptation of this book, King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian.
FILM: "King of the Wind" (1990)
"In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a series of adventures with his faithful stable boy, Agba, he becomes the Godolphin Arabian, the founder of one of the greatest thoroughbred racing lines of all time."

"Based on author Marguerite Henry's popular children's novel, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1949, King of the Wind is a fictionalized account of the emergence of Sham, the renowned Godolphin Arabian who fathered a long line of outstanding race horses. The ancestries of Man o' War and Seabiscuit can be traced back to the Godolphin Arabian."
Our public library has the DVD! Good news all around!
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message 1: by Nina (new)

Nina Such an informative review. Shows your teaching ability coming through.

Joy H. Thank you, Nina. I love the Internet because it's so easy to learn about things, especially if I'm curious. Sometimes I can't resist the desire to "cram" my reviews with as much background information as I can.

I often go back to my reviews and learn AGAIN all the stuff that I've forgotten since writing them. LOL So you might say that it's the way I teach MYSELF! :)

message 3: by Nina (new)

Nina That's an interesting comment Joy. It is so true as sometimes I, too, learn from myself.

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