Misty of Chincoteague (Misty #1)
Nobody could capture the phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.
Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and...more
"Grandma's mixed some goose grease with onion syrup fer ye"
"Maureen came running with the razor".
And to think we credit advances in antisepsis for the drop in childhood mortality rate!
When reading this...I remember thinking the same thing as a child. Why was this book called Misty of Chincoteague when it's primarily about her mother, the Phantom.
It's an exciting book. Paul and Maureen are endearing characters. Younger readers might have trouble understanding the dialect of the books. Grandpa and Grandpa in particular have have heavy accents whic ...more
It is a fun, engaging read but I had to fix the regional dialect in some places, because English isn't my son's dominant language. I also got my feminist panties in a twist because the gender roles are truly antiquated. The ...more
Children have a chance to learn some history and about life in a small, semi-isolated community, and to see what children can accomplish with hard work and patience. I love the theme of freedom & independence. I love the dialect and descriptions that bring the setting alive. I love that it's based on reality.
And I love the tidbits that are sprinkled throughout, for example Grandpa's notion that "Facts are fine, fer as they go, but they're like water bugs skitter ...more
Imagine growing up on an island where wild ponies roam. For Paul and Maureen Beebe, it leaves them with an insatiable desire to have one for themselves. They ...more
Misty of Chincoteague was a real pony. She had a different pinto pattern as a foal than as an adult (I think -- not %100 percent sure.) This is a fictional version of her early life as a foal. Despite Misty being the title pony, her dam Phantom actu ...more
Misty of Chincoteague : The Beginning "Neigh" shot throught the air as the boat started to rock side to side .The capition of the Santo Cristo paced back and fowarth .The wind had died with no wind they were going no where . The poor poneys didn't have long if they didn't get there soon .Almost out of water and their hay had gone musty .Bammm!! the ship shuttered it had been hit by a sh ...more
The narrative is dramatic and heartfelt and I am a bit surprised that I never read it before. The narrative is engaging, and Mr. McDonough did a great job with the different voices, pacing, and tone of the story.
The story is ...more
It was really hard to get into with the old fashioned language and attitudes (only boys and men can go to the pony penning, Maureen acts "like a girl", Grandma is constantly cooking). Also, I don't know much about horses, but I thought colts were male horses, but Misty kept being ...more
THIS WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE BOOK I'VE EVER READ. EVEN THE DEVIL WOULD HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT THIS BOOK. YOU KNOW HOW IN ANIMAL BOOKS, THE ANIMAL ALWAYS DIES AT THE END? WELL I WAS WAITING SO HARD FOR THIS 'MISSY' TO FINALLY TROT TO HER DEATH. WHAT DO THIS MARY AND BILL CHARACTER THINK THEY ARE? SPOILED BRATS. GETTING HORSES. I WISH SHAKESPEARE WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK SO EVERYBODY WOULD FINALLY DIE. YOU ARE ON MY LIST MISTY...
MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK:
Bizarre, now that I think about it.
I'm sad that I don't know what happened to my copy, but I'd read it again. Something about sappy animal stories just get me going. Like watching Milo & Otis when you're sick, it just warms your heart ...more