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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Mark Twain Nominees 2009-2010
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439873622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439873628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

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Orphaned, Maya has lived most of her life feeling like a captive in the rule-bound house of her grandmother. Denied friendship, family, and stories about the mother and father she can barely remember, she learns at her grandmothers death that she has a Wyoming family longing to meet her. Kathleen McInerneys portrayal of 11-year-old Maya embraces the tensions that come from being put in the position of being overly concerned about the reactions of others. Interspersed are sections that follow the life of Artemesia, a wild mustang mare. In these parts McInerneys voice is stronger as the mare questions the dominant stallion and protects her foal. Its no surprise when the horse and child meet, and McInerneys narration measures Mayas increasing self-confidence and joy. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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PAM Muñoz Ryan is the author of more that thirty books for young readers, including four beloved novels, Riding Freedom, Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, and Paint the Wind, which collectively have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpré Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She lives in Southern California with her family. You can visit her at www.PamMunozRyan.com.



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When I finished the story, I felt as though I had seen the movie.
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PAINT THE WIND is a beautifully written story filled with spirited characters and colorful descriptions of the amazing Wyoming landscape.
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Maya's story is inter-cut with scenes of Artemisia, her colt and the rest of the herd.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I always enjoy a Pam Munoz Ryan book. Her novels make me hum with happiness and invite me to sit down for a cozy read. She also seems to write about things that I have a personal connection to.

The title, Paint the Wind, evokes the beloved, King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry and the book will have great appeal for those same horse loving book readers. The story opens as the mare, Artemisia, is about to give birth. Artemisia is worried about the baby as her last foal was stillborn.

The scene shifts to Pasadena, California where Maya lives with her stern and autocratic grandmother. Photos of her father abound throughout the house but all images and mentions of her mother are forbidden. Maya has only the haziest of memories of her early childhood but she treasures a box of plastic horses that belonged to her mother.

The grandmother's sudden death brings many things to light, including the news that Maya was supposed to have been spending her summers with her mother's family in Wyoming all these past years.

Emotionally withdrawn after her years with her grandmother, Maya has a hard time responding to the warmth and love of her grandfather, great-aunt and great-uncle when she arrives in Wyoming to live with them. Her keen interest in horses helps her find her place and even tolerate the hostility from her cousin, Payton. He is used to being the only kid at the family camp along the Sweetwater River during the summer. With the help of her Aunt Vi she begins to learn about her mother and family.

Maya's story is inter-cut with scenes of Artemisia, her colt and the rest of the herd. Maya and Aunt Vi see the herd captured in a "gathering" of wild mustangs but the mare and her colt evade the round-up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sally Gonzales on October 15, 2007
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This is a beautifully written story that will capture your attention and your heart.
The author's style allows you to feel the relationships between all characters. Her descriptions of the elements and terraine allow you to visualize the story as if seeing it on film. When I finished the story, I felt as though I had seen the movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Savvy Sal on August 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pam Munoz Ryan is a wonderful writer. Her books are always beautifully constructed, carefully thought out and the language is rich and powerful. This book is no exception. Read it and you're in for a treat as sweet as a handful of molasses grain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Mcdonald on October 10, 2008
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My 3rd grade daughter is a horse lover, and we were looking for a horse book that featured a girl when we found this one. We loved this story. I wasn't quite sure what the connection was with Artemesia at the beginning of the story. Maya's lying bothered me quite a bit as well. But I loved how it all turned out.

To my daughter it was just a neat story with horses and scary parts and a happy ending. To me it was a work of art, weaving life lessons and even great art into a beautiful tapestry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Perkel on August 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I took turns reading it to our kids, age 6 and 8. We all enjoyed the story. The writing is quite nice, and the vocabularly is just right for an 8-year old, and OK for a 6-year old. There are quite a few "big" words that are good to explain to kids, but not so many that they can't understand the compelling story. I recommend it!
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Eleven-year-old Maya has lived in the sterile and cheerless environment of her grandmother's regime for the past six years, ever since her parents died. And every single day she is reminded of her father's lost life by her grandmother who mourns his death with a crippling grief. Maya's mother, on the other hand, hovers only in the shadows of her memory, while her grandmother occasionally utters a horror or two about the woman who ruined his life.

Maya only has a faded photo of her mother astride a beautiful mustang horse and a few small horse figurines as remembrances. Maya must keep these items hidden from her grandmother or risk losing them forever. They are the only light she has left in an otherwise bleak and lonely life.

The household, which includes Maya, her grandmother and an ever-changing rotation of housekeepers, is void of laughter, joy, warmth or improprieties of any kind. Maya lives in a prison of prosperity, with a fancy house and an expensive education but no friends, freedoms or fairy tales. Maya's one treat every week is her trip to the library, where she devours books on horses. And though she knows all about the different breeds and interesting facts about them, she can't remember ever having met one face to face.

This all changes rather abruptly when Maya's grandmother suffers a massive stroke and dies. The lawyer shows up and announces that she will be living with her mother's family. He is shocked to find out that she hasn't been visiting that side of the family every summer as the courts had decided; her grandmother lied to them about shared custody.

All too soon, Maya finds herself on a plane bound for the wilds of Wyoming and the family horse ranch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TBF on August 19, 2007
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Looking for a beautiful horse story? Look no further. Pam Munoz Ryan has written another lovely story with sharply-drawn, realistic characters who are deeply connected to the setting. It's about coming of age, finding your roots, learning when to let go. I think kids will love this book.
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