Paint the Wind

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Gr. 3+

Overview: 11-year old, Maya, has led a very sheltered life, in the care of her paternal grandmother. When her grandmother dies, Maya is sent to Wyoming, to live with her mother’s family, who she never even knew existed. Surrounded by the horses her mother loved, Maya begins to understand the fleeting memories she has of her parents. This warm story unveils a young girl’s spirit, courage and love of horses. As she faces many hard lessons, Maya realizes that she is a survivor. A MUST read for horse lovers.

Activity: Discuss the many emotions intertwined in this story. Describe how Maya was able to adjust to her new life. Talk about how one’s own spirit keeps us going through difficult times.

Reviewer’s Name: Deb Marciano