King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

by Marguerite Henry (Author) Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
The legendary history of thoroughbred heritage is artfully depicted alongside a tale of remarkable friendship between a boy and his horse in this classic story that won the Newbery Medal, now in a gorgeous hardcover gift edition.

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 every superior thoroughbred. Sham's speed--like his story--has become legendary.

This beloved story from Newbery Award-winning author Marguerite Henry features the original text and illustrations in a gorgeous collectible hardcover edition.
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Marguerite Henry
Marguerite Henry (1902-1997) was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy, Misty's Foal, and her work has won several Newbery Awards and Honors.

Wesley Dennis was best known for his illustrations in collaboration with author Marguerite Henry. They published sixteen books together.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Aladdin Paperbacks
Publication date
April 20, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV005000 - Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
JUV002130 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Horses
JUV016210 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Middle East
Library of Congress categories
Arabian horse
Newbery Medal
1949 - 1949

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