KING OF THE WIND by Marguerite Henry


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This is the almost true story of the famous ancestor of Man O'War- the Godolphin Arabian. Long years ago, when Louis XV was boy king of France, the cruel Sultan of Morocco wished to curry favor and sent him as a lordly gift six stallions and six stable boys. But the voyage and the venality of man played havoc, and the Arab thoroughbreds arrived, a sorry lot, only to be scorned by the young king. Only Sham was kept, and his devoted groom, the dumb lad Agba. Through one frightful experience after another, Sham and Agba-and later the cat Grimalkin- went, but Sham kept his great heart, though his body was sorely mistreated; and Agba kept his love and his faith in Sham, King of the Wind. At long last, luck changed; they came to the stables of the Earl of Godolphin, and there by a foolhardy trick on Agba's part, Sham established his right to sire a great line of racers. The author of Misty of Chincoteague has dug her material out of historical records, and woven the facts into a courageous story. Wesley Dennis has done superb pictures. The book will not only be popular in libraries- but is as fine a piece of merchandise as the season offers at this price.

ISBN: 0739371886
Publisher: Rand McNally