(Pdf New) [King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian] AUTHOR Marguerite Henry

  • Hardcover
  • 176
  • King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
  • Marguerite Henry
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 9780027436297

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Read & Download ï King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Marguerite Henry Ò 7 Summary review ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Marguerite Henry F 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 every superior Thoroughbred Sham's speed like his story has become legendar. Before I get much farther into this review I should probably say that I ve never been a horse book kind of reader So if you love Black Beauty and National Velvet and The Black Stallion you may well like King of the Wind than I did A lot of the rest of this Goodreads page is full of people who swear by it largely based on its excellent descriptions of horses and horse behaviorI can t argue with that Henry clearly knew her horses but I still wasn t all that sold on King of the Wind It s or less based on the story of the Godolphin Arabian a famous horse whose descendants were some of the finest racehorses of all time including Man o War as the oddly disjunct introduction mentions but it s so heavily romanticized and embellished as to remove any veneer of realism We follow the Arabian known for most of the book as Sham from his initial home in the stables of the Sultan of Morocco to the Royal Court of France into disgrace as a cart horse and finally into triumph as the greatest sire of racehorses in all England This whole plot relies heavily on chance coincidences theatrical gestures and soap opera dialogue and I didn t find it believable in the slightestMaybe that s just my resistance to the genre After all I ve made no secret of my intense dislike of Smoky the Cowhorse and the arc of that book s plot if not any of the specifics isn t all that far off from King of the Wind More troubling though is the book s lack of characterization The Arabian is cared for and followed during the whole story by a mute boy named Agba whose character exhibits almost no development through the novel and who seems to exist in the story largely because Henry was unable or unwilling to follow the Will James model and have everything take place in the horse s point of view As far as I can tell Agba seems to be entirely a product of Henry s imagination as opposed to a real person that she worked into the storySo no points for plot or development of characters from me though Henry s prose is crisp and the settings the 1940 s ideas about historical Morocco and Islam aside are well developed That said although the 1948 publishing year was a pretty good one for picture books Blueberries for Sal Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose The Big Snow it was a weak one for older readers maybe the weakest of the decade and so I wouldn t characterize King of the Wind as a mistake winner or anything like that As I ve said before all publishing years aren t created eual and King of the Wind was probably as good a choice as anything else But those kids who are really into horses aside I think it s a very minor entry in the Newbery canon A longer version of this review appeared on For Those About To Mock abouttomockblogspotcom

Summary King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

Read & Download ï King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Marguerite Henry Ò 7 Summary review ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Marguerite Henry Esert winds Sham's proud pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and ownersThis 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 o. Few authors bring sympathy and enlightenment to the story of a horse than Marguerite Henry and King of the Wind happens to be one of her best such books if not her magnum opus The story of the closeness between the Godolphin Arabian and his young loyal master has an emotional stickiness that isn t topped by much else in literature Though the historicity of the story is fascinating I think it s the tenderness of relationship that earned King of the Wind the Newbery Medal Marguerite Henry has a sweet understated writing style Somehow though the story is in no way predictable the reader feels everything will turn out right I haven t read every contender for the 1949 Newbery Medal but I wouldn t be surprised if King of the Wind were the best in its class

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Read & Download ï King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Marguerite Henry Ò 7 Summary review ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Marguerite Henry 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 as swift as the d. While I absolutely adored Marguerite Henry s Newbery Award winning King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian as a child as an older adult I can definitely understand why and how King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian might not be all that engaging and interesting for a young reader who is neither a horse enthusiast nor all that much into historical fiction as a genre especially since the two main protagonists especially since both Sham and Agba his young caretaker never actually speak Sham of course because he is a horse and Agba because he is a mute because he is in fact physically unable to speak to utter words Now as a child reader when I first read King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian at around the age of eleven I believe it naturally and of course was for the most part the life story of Sham and how he becomes the Godolphin Arabian and along with the Byerley Turk and the Darley Arabian one of the three main founding stallions of the Thoroughbred breed what I enjoyed most and which totally and utterly captured my imagination the evocative and often exciting tale of Agba and his horse their many adventures their trials and tribulations until finally the Earl of Godolphin realises the worth the breeding the stamina and beauty of Sham and how both Sham and Agba are then finally granted the recognition and honour they both so richly have always deserved and merited including Sham being given the earl s own name being now officially known and registered as the Godolphin ArabianBut as an older adult and albeit that I still do adore Sham and Agba s tale as a story in and of itself it is actually Marguerite Henry s sense and feel for history and how in my eyes realistically and with wonderful but never overly extensive and intensive amount of detail she has brought not only early 18th century England and France but also Morocco so engagingly and wonderfully to life that has made King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian still very much special after all these years and yes also the author s general approach towards Agba who although he is Moroccan Muslim and does not have the power of speech is always first and foremost depicted and shown by Marguerite Henry as simply and beautifully a young and eager horse boy who loves and cherishes his charge who absolutely adores Shem and will indeed do everything for him Four stars for King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian and yes I indeed do very much hope that in particular the depictions the author presents of 18th century Morocco but especially that the Sultan mandates that even his horses including Sham s heavily pregnant with him mother must be made to obey the Ramadan fasting are based on reality that they do in fact reflect the historic truth as much as possible for if this were untrue if the beginning of King of the Wind The Story of the Godolphin Arabian with the Sultan of Morocco mandating that his horses also fast for Ramadan were in fact a case of Marguerite Henry using wholly or even mostly her authorial license I for one would consider this than a wee bit problematic considering how absolutely angry and furious this particular scenario does make me as I really do not want to condemn the historic Sultan of Morocco for a something that in fact never actually occurred