REVIEW: Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

Camille blogs at Book Moot, answering the perennial question, "Where are the GOOD books?" Book Moot has been around since 2004, and is one of the most authoritative blogs in the Kidlitosphere. Camille writes about a little bit of everything, from classics that she has never read to her experiences in booktalking to her policy of asking kids for their favorite book title when they visit her on Halloween. Camille is a judge on the middle grade and young adult non-fiction committee for 2007.

Camille writes chatty, informed reviews, with plenty of comparisons to other titles for readers. In late September, she reviewed Paint the Wind, by Pam Munoz Ryan, nominated in this year’s middle grade fiction category. She starts with this:

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.

and concludes with this:

This is a book for horse lovers. Fans of Terri Farley‘s books will be familiar with the discussion of the controversial "gathering" of wild mustangs. There is a glossary and a list of websites, media, and books for readers who want to know more about the subject.

Paint the Wind celebrates swimming in a river, days of horseback riding, camp chores and caring for the horses — a summer vacation that any horse loving kid would give their iPod and Playstation III to enjoy.

Read the full review for the rest of the details.

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