"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 painting of Sham, the Godolphin Arabian by Wesley Dennis. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, this keepsake volume details the creation of this remarkable story for a new generation of fans. [via]