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King of the wind /

Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian, " ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses. Full description

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Other Authors: Dennis, Wesley,
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Language: English
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001
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""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 with the others, to sire a stronger race of horses throughout Europe. As his escort, Agba must protect Sham's pedigree and present him before the King. But when they arrive, poor Sham is seen as no more than a carthorse and is sent away. Bound by bonds of love and honor, Agba and Sham soon make their way from the streets of France to the racetracks of England and into the history books forever. Readers will be swept away by the riveting story of the world's most renowned Thoroughbred horse ever.

"King of the Wind" has captured the hearts of readers for more than fifty years. In this glorious, finely wrought gift book, readers will find a heartfelt introduction by Marguerite Henry's first publisher, manuscript notes from the author's private collection, and a p

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Gr 4-8-The Newbery Medal-winning tale about a stallion, a stable boy, and their globe-spanning adventures. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Marguerite Henry was born on April 12, 1902 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After high school, she attended the Milwaukee State Teachers College. She became an English teacher.

She sold her first published story to a woman's magazine in 1913. Her first book, "Justin Morgan Had a Horse" was named a Newberry Honor Book. This and her other titles to follow were written in collaboration with illustrator, Wesley Dennis. They worked together until his death in 1996. Her other works included "King of the Wind," the story of the Godolphin Arabian horse, which won a Newberry Award, "Misty of Chincoteague," which won the Junior Book Award Medal of the Boys' Clubs of America, and "Justin Morgan Had a Horse," which won the Junior Scholastic Gold Seal Award. She was presented the Children's Reading Roundtable Award for her lasting contribution to children's reading in 1961. At the time of her death she had written 58 books. Her works have been translated into eight languages.

Marguerite Henry died of complications from a series of strokes on November 26, 1997 in California.

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