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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