King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

by Marguerite Henry and Wesley Dennis

A beautifully produced new edition of a Newbery Award-winning novel begins with a... read more

A beautifully produced new edition of a Newbery Award-winning novel begins with a horse race featuring Man o’ War in Windsor, Ontario, and then goes back in fictional time to an earlier story about the great horse’s beginnings. Readers meet a Moroccan horse boy, Agba, during the sacred month of Ramadan. Agba works in the Sultan’s stables. It’s Agba’s commitment to Sham, the Arabian horse for which he’s given responsibility, and the way in which Henry has unfolded the story about the boy and the stallion, that command attention in this swiftly moving story. Agba and Sham persevere in France and England through one travail after another. The foreword by Joseph D. Landes, Jr., the Rand McNally publisher of this book and Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague, contains some of his memories of the author. Henry’s amazing source notes at the end of the novel are reproduced as part of the “as is” reprinting of the novel within this volume. New material at the end includes several photographs and two paintings by Wesley Dennis reproduced in full color. Two pages from the manuscript materials for this book are reproduced; one is from the handwritten manuscript notes for chapter four, and the other is a typed manuscript page with revisions and evident taping. (Ages 9–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002

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