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Literature Unit Study Ideas for King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas)

Leah Courtney
If you're a regular blog reader, you may have noticed that I took a break from the 31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas posts started back before Christmas. I have two books left in the series, and you can find links to all of the literature unit studies I posted here. There are also links to free PDF printables that can guide you as you use the literature unit study with your children.

Today's post is about a book that we discovered last year during our countries and cultures study, but it's a book that will become a favorite of horse lovers. King of the Wind: The Story of Godolphin Arabian is by Marguerite Henry, an author of many, many horse books that each focus on different horse breeds. Here are some ideas for using this book as a unit study.

Literature Unit Study for King of the Wind
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About the book...

King of the Wind begins in England at a horse race. The famous Man O' War is a Thoroughbred who is destined to win it all. When his owner decides to quit racing early, he's questioned by the race fans. In response he tells the story of the Godolphin Arabian, the ancestor to the modern Thoroughbred horse.

In Morocco, Agba is a stable boy in the Sultan's stables. He cares for his favorite mare who dies after giving birth to a foal. The foal is named Sham, and the head stableman predicts he'll die without the care of his mother. Agba, a mute, orphan boy, is determined that this will not happen. He cares for the  foal who ends up surviving.

Agba and Sham have many adventures that carry them through Paris and eventually into England. Throughout it all, Agba is determined to care for Sham. Despite peril and struggles, Sham lives to become the ancestor of the Godolphin Arabian line of horses.

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If you'd like to use this book as a literature unit study, you can find a free printable guide here.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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