King of the Wind
by Marguerite Henry, Rand McNally, Newbery Winner 1949
Activities 2000 Nancy Polette

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Sham, an Arabian horse, is born in the African country of Morocco and is owned by a rich sultan who has many fine horses and top jockeys to ride them. Young 
Sham and five other horses are sent by ship to King Louis XV of France. Unfortunately the horses are not fed during the sea journey thanks to a dastardly sea captain who pocketed the money meant for hay and feed. When they arrive they are laughed at and Agba, the mute horse boy, can do little to protect Sham.

Agba stays close to his beloved horse, however, and the two go through many 
trials before winding up on the Earl of Godolphin's estate in England where an amazing thing happens. To read about the problems Sham and Agba encounter and the surprising ending to the tale, read King of the Wind.

Activity One: 

Visit this beautiful web site with many photographs of Arabian horses. Choose one photo.
Describe the horse using the pattern that follows: 

Heads up! Horse coming through.
His coat is ______________________________________________ 
His strong legs move as if__________________________________ 
He fears nothing because_________________________________ 
As the wind touches his nostrils he_________________________ 
And ___________________________________________________ 
His flowing mane is like________________ 
The color of ___________________________ 
He is truly _____________________________ _________________________ 

The Arabian Horse by Gail Stewart. Capstone Press, 1995
Album of Horses by Marguerite Henry. Random, 1993
Draw Fifty Horses by Lee James. Doubleday, 1984

Activity Two: Match these famous horses 


Match these names with the descriptions.

Traveler  Vic Marengo Brown Beauty Trigger Buttermilk
Silver Champion  Rex Lexington Pegasus
  1. General Custer's horse was name. 
  2. What was the name of Dale Evan's horse? 
  3. What was the name of Gene Autry's horse? 
  4. Name the horse George Washington rode. 
  5. What horse carried Napoleon into battle?
  6. What horse did Paul Revere ride?
  7. What was the name of the winged horse from Greek mythology? 
  8. What was the name of Robert E. Lee's horse? 
  9. Who was the Lone Ranger's horse?
  10. What was the name of Roy Roger's horse? 
  11. What was the name of Sqt. Preston's horse? 
Activity Three: Who was Juliette Gordon Low? 
In two sentences tell who she was and why she would be interesting to 
read about after reading King of the Wind? 
Find out at: _______________________________________________________