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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, 60th Anniversary edition, 176 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 1947)
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Jun 23, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
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.
Susan Henn
Feb 04, 2012 Susan Henn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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
Jul 23, 2013 David rated it liked it
Extremely dated but charming. Often unintentionally hilarious. Our two favorite lines were:

"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!
Jennifer Morrill
Jan 09, 2009 Jennifer Morrill rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2014 Trace rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 17, 2014 Gaijinmama rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 08, 2016 Gina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horse lovers
This really should have won the Newbery award, rather than just the honor. Although more time is spent on the Phantom of Assateague than Misty of Chincoteague, it doesn't detract from the book in any way. Marguerite Henry has a way of painting a picture for her readers and seamlessly weaving in pieces of history; she always makes for a great read, and this one is no exception.
Sep 13, 2014 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
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. It's a modern touristy place with all kinds of modern problems now.


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
It was wonderful! I read it sometime during my teen years. I love books about animals actually. It's a beautiful story.
May 07, 2016 Misti rated it liked it
Paul and Maureen Beebe live with their grandparents, who gentle wild Chincoteague ponies for a living, but training up ponies for sale is not the same as having one of your very own. The brother and sister have their hearts set on buying a pony on the next pony-penning day -- and not just any pony, but the Phantom, who has resisted capture for two years running. This year, the Phantom is captured for a surprising reason: she has a foal. Will Paul and Maureen have enough money to buy both?

Dec 04, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is the book that made me think, "I'm going to be a writer someday."
Feb 05, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Vicariously fulfilling every young girl's dream: a pony of her own.
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
Oct 20, 2011 Alexis rated it it was amazing
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
Robin Witt
Not as good as I remember from when I was a kid, but still a just fine kind of story. I think Maureen got the short end of the stick a lot because she was a girl, but it's probably more realistic that way anyhow.

My kid rating would have been a 5. My now rating is probably more like 3 and a half.

Reminds me pleasantly of Ryan's Legend, and of The Legend Returns by L.F. Young. Or maybe those books remind me of this one, since they just came out in the last year or so...
Oct 27, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This book was selected as one of the books for our youngest daughter's fourth grade 'book café' and I was chosen to lead the discussion for it. We all listened to this story narrated by John McDonough on audio CDs (ISBN13: 9780788737336) as I followed along with this book.

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
May 21, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book popped up as a suggestion because I read White Fang and brought back good childhood memories. It struck me as strange that I just mentioned this book in a blog post last month! Things that make you go hmmm. Anyway, it was a favorite in my youth and I also had a model horse of Misty. Timeless for young girls in love with horses and long for a sense of freedom.
Mar 10, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
An old fashioned read but a solid one, my 4 year old and I both enjoyed this book. We had fun watching videos of the wild ponies swimming to Chincoteague afterwards. There was an eyebrow raising "because you're a girl" moment but Maureen is spirited and hardworking and great female character to cheer for. I'm not a horse lover but found the ones in this book quite endearing. I wish I could say 3.5 stars but we will round up to 4.
Jun 08, 2007 stephanie rated it it was amazing
man, it's hard to classify this book outside of ya, because it is historical fiction, but it's historical fiction about horses. still, as someone that read everything related to horses (and the holocaust), this was a "can't put down". the idea of the wild ponies off the coast of maryland is almost too good to believe - and i've always wanted to go see the running of the ponies. henry has an excellent story telling manner, where she keep the facts straight, but adds little things, and somehow you ...more
Maria Rowe
I probably would have loved this book as a kid, but as an adult it was sort of ehh. I'd never heard of "Misty" until I went to Chincoteague last year. So I finally got around to reading it, and was rather disappointed.

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
May 10, 2015 E.F.B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People with kids who love horses.
Recommended to E.F.B. by: My mother.
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It's been many years since I last read it (or maybe my mom read it to me?), and my memory of the actual story is hazy, but I do remember that it was one of those books that got re-read many, many, many, times.
May 04, 2015 Celia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grade-school
Probably my all time favorite book read as a child. This beautiful story fueled my love for horses. As an adult, I visited Assateague Island. There really are wild horses there.
Jun 08, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was amused by the flashes of nostalgia as I listened to this book. In a way, the book can be a little hokey, with the "ye"s of the watermen and the over the top enthusiasms of the kids. But when I heard the first description of Misty, I remembered instantly my seven-or-eight-year-old obsession with getting my mom to buy yet another 64 color pack of crayons so I could get a new gold crayon to make my 74th picture of Misty just right... A wonderful story of the alchemy between animals and kids, ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
I read this when I was little little! It encouraged my interest in Assateague and Chincoteague islands, drawing horses, then later on riding them. I think fondly of this tale.
Nov 18, 2015 CadenAsher rated it really liked it
I liked the part when Paul caught Phantom and her baby colt. I would have done all that hard work to save the money to buy the horses, too.
Anna Louise
Oct 25, 2015 Anna Louise rated it it was amazing
This is an adventurous and heartfelt book that any horse or pony lover will adore! Based on a true story, the book follows the adventures of Paul and Maureen Beebe, and their Chincoteague Pony, Misty. Great for kids of any age! This is truly a classic!
Apr 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is a "children's" book but the writing is beautiful. Pony penning is a real event and Chincoteague a working town. Wonderful.
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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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Misty (4 books)
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