“Paint the Wind,” by Pam Muñoz Ryan

“Paint the Wind,” by Pam Muñoz Ryan is part orphan story, part horse story, and a good tale overall.
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All that Maya has of her mother is a box full of faded toy horses and a single photograph. She lives with her grandmother, a selfish old woman who refuses to talk about Maya's mother even destroying everything that belonged to her and cutting her out of old photographs.

But when Maya's grandmother dies everything changes and she is taken to live with her mother's family. Living with them in the open country she learns more about her mother, and comes to love horses even as her mother did.

Interwoven throughout the novel is the tale of a wild horse, Artemisia, and her foal. Separated from her band, Artemisia must avoid wranglers, mountain lions and other dangers. Ultimately, though, Maya and Artemisia are combined when disaster strikes and each can help the other to survive.

“Paint the Wind” is a very well executed novel. Author Pam Muñoz Ryan has divided the book into four sections, “Walk,” “Jog,” “Lope,” and “Gallop.” I felt that this was an excellent device that mirrors Maya's release from her grandmother's confining restrictions. Free at last, she slowly opens up and moves on with her new life.

I would recommend “Paint the Wind,” as a good novel for horse lovers or anyone who wants to read a satisfying novel.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-12-21T10:22:00-06:00

8 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

This is turely a thrilling book!!! I love it and if your a horse-lover or animal-lover you will LOVE this great book!! :)

Jakie said...

LOVE IT!!!!!! Great book!!

NathanKP said...

I am certainly glad that you enjoyed "Paint the Wind."

Thanks for sharing your comments.


Anonymous said...

This is such a great book it paints pictures in your head

Anonymous said...

Amazing, good for all ages. I have read it 7 times so that tells you how good of a book it think it is.

Anonymous said...

yeah but what are the cause and effect of paint the wind

Anonymous said...

Do you know some good quotes from Paint the Wind?

Anonymous said...

OMG this is one of th best books EVER