King Of The Wind

King Of The Wind

The Story Of The Godolphin Arabian

Paperback - 2006
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He was named "Sham" for the sun, this golden-red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco's stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was swift as the desert winds, Sham's pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. their adventures take them from the sands of the Sahara. to the royal courts of France, and finally to the green pastures and stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned Godolphin Arabian, whose blood flows through the veins of almost very superior thoroughbred. Sham's speed -- like his story -- has become legendary.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2006
ISBN: 9781416927860


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The mute stableboy Agba accompanies his beloved horse to the court of a French king. He knows his horse has an important destiny, but will anyone else recognize it?

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jrbubbles1 Aug 07, 2020

It was fun to re-read this classic that I read as a child. I still enjoyed the story very much. Agba and Sham go through so much bad things but stay strong.

Mar 29, 2020

This is an amazing book!! Marguerite Henry is one of my favorite authors! All her books are so vivid and beautifully written. All her books are must reads!!! :)

Lovestoread5 Jul 29, 2018

It was really interesting once Sham and Agba get out of Morocco. (first few chapters). It's amazing how horse and boy manage to stay together. I liked it better than I thought I would.

bibliosara Jan 10, 2018

In the style of the great horse classics like Black Beauty and The Black Stallion, Margeurite Henry once more writes a tale worthy of a read by any horse lover. Sham is a legendary stallion whose story is told with both compassion and passion by Henry. While some parts of the story might be a little hard for too young of an audience to hear, the novel ends happily.

ontherideau Nov 08, 2016

An excellent story with a happy ending, all based on fact.
Seabiscuit and Man O War are descendants of this Arabian stallion.
Vocabulary is not dumbed down for young readers- it's a classic.

Apr 25, 2016

One of my favorite horse books when I was a kid and horse obsessed. I still love it. The writing is amazing and the whole story is beautiful. I highly suggest it for anyone, no matter the age.

Sep 30, 2015

Loved this book when I was young and horse-crazy. Marguerite Henry wrote so many books. Super stories!

Sep 29, 2015

This was my favorite horse book growing up.

May 24, 2013

I read this when I was young and read every horse book there was. Growing up with Thoroghbreds and Arabians was awesome. Neat to see the history of the breed. Enjoyed this book.

May 20, 2013

i love this book.i love horses.this book is kind of sad but good.

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Jun 27, 2016

This book is the story of the Godolphin Arabian and how it made a journey from Morocco to Paris and then England to be the father to many, many fast race horses. He created the fastest thoroughbreds to race at New Market. The story is about a little boy who loves him and takes care of him. I enjoyed this story.


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