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Misty of Chincoteague (Misty #1)

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On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her--that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can't live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next "Pony Penning Day" does...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 1947)
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Emily
This was one of those cases when bedtime arrived, and it was time to start a fresh chapter book, but I hadn't visited the library that day, and so pulled a book from my own collection off the shelves. It wasn't one I'd planned on reading aloud because I thought maybe it was too old-fashioned, and the details of the wild pony round-up tradition on Chincoteague Island might be a little esoteric for present-day youth, but it worked out well; another beloved book from my childhood is now beloved of...more
Susan Henn
6/10 A favorite story from my childhood - reread for a summer book club. Well written - good tension and suspense. Both male and female horse lovers have a character to relate to in the book and for an old book, (written in 1947) the girl wasn't thrust into a traditional female role! As an adult reading the book, I found myself thinking more about the rightness or wrongness of the actions and feeling more for the wild horses than for the desires of the children. I felt the rounding up of wild ho...more
Jim
I had a pony as a kid & lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, not too far from Chincoteague. We went there & I got to put a real place to the book. The 'Paul' in the book was in his early 30's then, as I recall & I supposedly got to meet him. I was pretty young, about 7 or 8 I guess. I was told he was Paul, anyway. I don't think we got to see Misty, but one of her foals - Stormy? Anyway, it was a memorable book, all my kids read them & my wife too.
Gaijinmama
Feb 17, 2014 Gaijinmama rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horse-obsessed kids and the parents who read to them
Recommended to Gaijinmama by: My Mom, when I was about 7!
Shelves: kids
Just finished reading this old favorite with my 8 year old son. It was not only my favorite but my Mom's; the book was published in 1947. What little kid doesn't go through a phase of loving horses...even kids like my own who live in the city and have never seen a real horse!
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
Cheryl in CC NV
Of course this was *the* horse story four decades ago. Ironically (because I did grow up in a rural environment), I knew nothing about horses irl. But I loved learning about the island culture and about horses. Henry's stories are so much more than just horse stories.
Jennifer Morrill
I've read this, and most of Marguerite Henry's books when I was younger and now it is nice to relive them through my daughter's eyes.

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
Trace
Luke's book review: This is one of the best books I've ever read. I whipped through it in 6 days - it was that good. This is a book about a horse called Phantom and her colt Misty. My favorite part of the story was when the Phantom (Misty's mother) raced against the Black Comet and Firefly and won!
David
Extremely dated but charming. Often unintentionally hilarious. Our two favorite lines were:

"Grandma's mixed some goose grease with onion syrup fer ye"

and

"Maureen came running with the razor".

And to think we credit advances in antisepsis for the drop in childhood mortality rate!
NebraskaIcebergs
For the animal book that I selected to review this month, I wanted to look beyond dog and cat fare. Immediately I thought of horses, and then of Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. One of these summers my husband and I hope to travel to the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague in New England, and when we do I’ll have Henry to thank.

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
Alexis
This book was a fun interesting read I loved every minute of it .Started off trilling good for horse lovers!!!!

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
Kerri
So, since I've been staying on Assateague Island, with the wild horses coming through our campsite at least once or twice a day, I thought it only right to download this book onto my Kindle and get in the spirit of the island. I read a lot of books about kids and horses when I was little, but I can't remember if this was one of them. Henry sets a good atmosphere, and very well describes the island. This book was definitely written in the forties. The main character are a young brother and sister...more
Kate
Paul and Maureen Beebe desperately want a horse to call their own -- one that their grandfather won't train and then sell off. But it can't just be any horse. They want to call the Phantom, the wild mare that has evaded capture for years, their own. So when Paul gets a chance to ride in the annual Pony Round-up, the two siblings start scrimping and saving to earn the money to buy the horse of their dreams. But the Phantom has a surprise of her own waiting on the island...

I loved this book as a c...more
Pilgyu Park

Long time ago, a ship carryed 19-ponies, unfortunitily the ship met a strom, but the ship couldn't overcame furious sea and wecked. 15-ponies escaped and arrived Assateague Island, and they lived by themselves in the island, they overcame the natural condition, nobody took care of them. They were become wild-ponies, and the ponies' decedents thrived in the Assateague Island.
Oneday, Paul and Maureen encounted the ponies' decedent, they were looked happily, so they decided to make money for buying...more
Cynthia
Aug 21, 2009 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horse-crazed 10-year-olds
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In fourth grade I was obsessed with this book and with "Brighty of Grand Canyon," by the same author. Anne and I would play horses at school for hours. Then in fifth grade I moved to Ames and no one played horses, they played a game having to do with who could be the most popular. I was not successful in this new game, I missed Anne and the horses.
Sheila
While I have known of the story of Misty for years, truthfully I do not remember if I have ever read this book before. I might have read it as a young horse loving girl. I know that I read the second book in this series, Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague, as I found it written in a journal I started keeping at age 12, where I wrote down my thoughts and dreams as well as books that I had read. I don't remember anything about the second book either, so it is highly likely that I also read the first...more
Taylor
This book definitely deserved the newberry award. I really enjoyed the authors simple, yet vivid writing style. I found the book interesting, yet very wholesome. It also held a special interest to me in that it was a true story. There may have been a few bad words said, but otherwise I loved this book! Definitely on my Favorite shelf:)
Megan
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Zoe
The Phantom was a wild mare,to wild to "bring in," .
I liked the book. Any notion that it is bad better be out of your head
because it's a great book . I loved it. it is very good. All the other
books are. clic your mouse on the author's name to have a full list of
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Mary
It has been so many years since I read this book that I didn't remember exactly how wonderful it is. And having Edward Herrmann (sp?) read it made it even better. I kept picturing him reading it to Rory (if Lorelai had let him) when she was a little girl.
Sarah
I loved this book as a child and considered it a lifelong dream fulfilled when I was able to camp out on Assateague Island last year. It was about time to visit the story again so I spent my Saturday morning out on the trampoline inhaling it. I love the main characters - young Paul and Maureen. They are respectful, hardworking, obedient, and considerate of others, all traits that are all-too lacking in many of today's youth. And Grandma and Grandpa Beebe are lovable and supportive of their grand...more
Cara Mcnulty
A coworker at the library told me my childhood had been sorely lacking because I had not read this book, so of course I had to rectify the situation. It was a lovely children's story and I even shed a few tears. Thanks Cindy!
Rena Sherwood
This is a classic children's story that may seem a little tame to modern kids. Henry writes about a time and place where I wish I could live. That Chincoteague is long past, however. Misty of Chincoteague was a real pony. This is a fictional version of her early life. Despite Misty being the title pony, her dam actually takes up more space.

I used to own a hardback edition with full-color plates by Wesley Dennis. I sold it years ago when I needed the cash. Dennis' illustrations add a whole new di...more
SeriouslyJerome
Sweet. But didn't capture my heart. I think that window closed when I was 12. Not sure if the kids loved it either. Though they did want to hear all about the dead, stuffed Misty in the museum!
Erin Marsh
took me to Chincoteague as an adult. Pony penning is on my bucket list.
Jessica
Vicariously fulfilling every young girl's dream: a pony of her own.
Rebecca
Good for a kid in Maryland
Emma
I loved the book so much because the book had details and I love horses so much! When I heard that horses were in the book I got excited and the person told me the title of the book and it seemed so interesting! Lots of people don't like horses because the shape of the horse and how much work it would be.

Question: So I would ask myself would I rather be a person that takes care of horses or a would I like to be a horse?

Answer: I would like to be a person that takes care of the horses because a...more
Victoria
Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island and managed to elude even the best round up men for two years. "She ain't even a lady. She ain't even a hoss. She's just a piece of wind and sky." They said that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom. Paula and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They couldn't wait to buy and tame her and they worked hard all summer long to earn enough money. But the roundup men had tried to capture h...more
Josiah
Here is one of the most famous horse stories of them all. Marguerite Henry, the master of telling equestrian tales in a way that lets even people who have no special affinity for horses get inside the mind of the majestic animal and develop a love for its natural power and deep personal affections, relates the true story of brother and sister Paul and Maureen, who live close by Assateague Island on their grandfather's farm. Paul and Maureen have grown tired of taking care of horses only to have...more
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Marguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel...more
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