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King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian [Hardcover]

Marguerite Henry , Wesley Dennis
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Nov. 1 1990
"Vivid portrayals of Morocco, France, and England during the 1700s are presented while the story unfolds. With its illustrations by Wesley Dennis, this is one of the most distinguished books of the year."--School Library Journal.
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Grade 4-8-The Newbery Medal-winning tale about a stallion, a stable boy, and their globe-spanning adventures.
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..."told with dash and drama..."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have told more of the real story... July 21 2003
Marguerite Henry took great license in telling the story of the Godolphin Arabian, but it's likely there were two reasons she did so; first, because she based the majority of her novel on heavily romanticised reports like that which appeared in Western Horseman in 1949; second, to illustrate to young children what could happen to perfectly good horses that were considered worthless because of prejudice or unwillingness to see what was there.
The real Sham was born in Tunis and given by the Bey of Tunis to King Louis XV with a group of other horses. But there's no evidence that he was reduced to pulling a cart in the Paris streets before rescue by Edward Coke. Coke probably got him from the Duke of Lorraine, who'd gotten him from the King.
A contemporary described Sham as "beautiful but half-starved", so the rough sea voyage with the greedy staff is likely true, even if the cart-horse story is not. He also said that Sham (he spelled it Shami, and other accounts have "Scham") was temperamental and generally disliked by the stable hands. A vet who cared for Sham in his last years said he was built to sire champions: "his shoulders were deeper, and lay farther into his back, than those of any horse ever yet seen. Behind the shoulders, there was but a very small space ere the muscles of his loins rose exceedingly high, broad, and expanded, which were inserted into his hindquarters with greater strength and power than in any horse I believe ever yet seen of his dimensions, viz fifteen hands high."
Agba was real; there are portraits of the little horse with a handsome dark-skinned young man in flowing Arab dress and turban. Whether or not he was mute is debatable. Again, many of the later accounts have been greatly romanticised.
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By Amanda
This book tells the story of the unforgettable and never-ending friendship between agba and Sham, a Godolphin Arabian. This book made me cry because, though the ending was a happy one, it was tragic and very sad all at once. I think that anyone who has already had a cose connection with an animal or person and has been there when the person died whill understand Agba.
The moral of the book was set on the balance of good and bad. When Sham was born, Agba noticed a wheat's ear, which signifies evil. However, he also found the emblem of swiftness, a white spot situated on Sham's hind heel. At first, I thought these two signs would cancel each other out and Sham would be just a usual stable horse. However, because of the wheat's ear, Sham lived a poor life until the Earl of Godolphin found him; that is when Sham became a very lucky horse. Though Sham did not have the opportunity to become famous, his children took advantage of their swiftness and became very succesful race horses.
Though Sham lived in a poor environment for most of his life, he did everything that was in his power as a horse to make sure that his children wouldn,t have to live through the same misery. This reminds me of when my grand-parents moved to Canada. They didn't move to Canada for themselves; they moved for the children they were going to have. They didn't want their kids to suffer like they had to; they wanted to be able to se their children have a prosperous life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of the Wind Jan. 14 2003
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King of the Wind is composed by Marguerite Henry. I rate this book with five stars. This book is about the adventure and friendship of a spirited horse named Sham and his horse boy. Agba the horse boy is a mute. When Sham was born he
was a weak horse but grew strong thanks to Agba's careful care. Agba and Sham were part of the royal stables in Morocco. The sultan of Morocco wanted to send six of his finest horses and their horse boys to the king of France as a present. Sham and Agba were chosen and endured the rough, long journey to France. By the time the small group of fine horses got to France they were mere skin and bones. The little group was laughed at and sent away lickety split. Agba and Sham stayed to help carry food to and fro the market for the kitchen at the kingdom. Eventually things happened leading them to live in many different places each time with different experiences. They had many rough times and sometimes by themselves. In one of the events a cat joins the boy and his horse. These three are quite n sync with each other and are quiet. The three endure many hardships as the story continues and in the end the story unexpectedly twists leading to a
happy ending.
King of the Wind was an awesome book. As you read this book you will come to realize you can not put it down. Whether you are a horse lover or not you will enjoy this book. This book is written for ages nine through twelve but yet people
of various ages will probably enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Devotion Prevail July 15 2002
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While many may pass it by as just another horse book, Marguerite Henry's 1949 Newbery Medal-winning classic is truly the story of the bond between a slave boy from Morocco and a horse that become the patriarch of centuries of Thoroughbred racehorses. Agba is a mute young groom in the Sultan of Morocco's vast stables. At the age of eleven, he and his beloved charge Sham, the Sultan's finest Arabian, are sent as a gift to the King of France, only to be scoffed at and left to pull the cook's cart to the market. Throughout the horse's miserable series of abusive ordeals, the faithful Agba sacrifices his own existence to protect and comfort Sham, who never fails to return his devotion.
Beautifully descriptive of numerous cultures spanning Morocco, France, and England, the novel portrays the universal traits of kindness and cruelty in characters of high and low means. As heroic as the horse that maintains his pride in the face of humility is the boy. Agba's devotion is rooted in the special bond that comes from raising an animal, further reinforced by his inability to speak. He and Sham communicate silently, and become one when they are together. The novel will appeal not only to horse lovers, but to anyone who appreciates friendship and adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true winner!
I loved this book when I was a child. Now have read it to my granddaughter and she is a horse lover so was an avid listener. The illustrations are delightful.
Published 26 days ago by Judy Woodburn
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite
I was very happy to be able to buy one of my childhood favourites for my granddaughter so she can enjoy this touching tale
Published 8 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars "The king of the wind is loes."
King of the wind is a great book. I am not a hores book person but I really liked this book. Sham was born with a singh of bad luk witch was the weat ear but he was also born with... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Ages!
This will touch your heart in so many ways. It brings you into the life of a small boy and his special bond with a horse. You will follow their journey that goes many places. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The Godolphin Arabian
KING OF THE WIND by Marguerite Henry, was a great book! I love how the battle between good and evil was portrayed. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The Godolphin Arabian
KING OF THE WIND by Marguerite Henry, was a great book! I love how the battle between good and evil was portrayed. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER!
This is my favorite book! I loved it! Everyone should read it, even people that aren't very interested in horses! Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book!!!!!!!!
King of the Wind I really recomend. It's comidy and tragity combined. It's about a boy and his horse and the trust and love between them. It's touching, and sometimes scary.
Published on Jan. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Like "Sham" himself, this story is a classic--beautifully written and illustrated. Still timely after 50 years on bookstore shelves, it may be written for children 9-12 but... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars King of the Wind
This is a very sad book. The end was alright but everything that Sham and Agba had to go through made me very frustrated. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002
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