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Misty of Chincoteague (Misty #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  35,853 Ratings  ·  819 Reviews
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 18, 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
Sep 17, 2008 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.
Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague books present one of my all time favourite horse-based children's literature series (or rather, the first three books rank amongst my personal favourites, as I really do not at all like the fourth instalment). And as such, I have never been able (or even all that willing for that matter) to write an actual review of the first three books of the series. I did recently pen a very critical review of the fourth book, of Misty's Twilight (which was published d ...more
Jan 19, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than "just" a horse book.

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
Susan Henn
Jun 19, 2010 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 17, 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!
Liv Fisher
Jan 25, 2017 Liv Fisher marked it as to-read
I read this a loooooooooong time ago, back in first or second grade. I don't remember much of it, other than there being a horse and maybe a shipwreck? So I think I need to read it again. :P
Jennifer Morrill
Jan 02, 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
Jan 17, 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!
Sarah Grace
Nov 21, 2016 Sarah Grace rated it it was amazing
As a horse lover, I loved this entire series! So well written and very interesting! Based on real events.
Kellyn Roth
Jun 17, 2016 Kellyn Roth rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books as a kid, I still love Misty of Chincoteague. Of course, it only makes me want a horse more ... but it's a pleasant sort of pain. ;)
Jun 16, 2008 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
Oct 12, 2011 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.
Feb 25, 2017 Squire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 1948 Newberry Honor book is a simple, yet memorable, tale of childhood (that I missed out on during mine thanks to Lovecraft and Tolkien) that has great heart and memorable characters--most of which were real. A terrific sense of time and place allows it to transcend its 1940's stylings and makes it one of the 20th century's great moral fables for younger readers.

This was a book that I checked out from my school's library 43 years ago, but never read (I did return it, though). I did find my
Nov 21, 2009 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
Oct 22, 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
debbie~cr8zycat ^_^
It was wonderful! I read it sometime during my teen years. I love books about animals actually. It's a beautiful story.
Feb 05, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Vicariously fulfilling every young girl's dream: a pony of her own.
Nov 27, 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."
Jan 21, 2017 Jenny rated it really liked it
I never read any of Henry's books as a child. I am not sure why, but it seems like I didn't want to be one of the girls who only read "horse books" and so in my mind that meant I shouldn't read them at all. Or perhaps it was because I lived in the middle of a big city and we had little money and so I knew as a child I would never really have a horse or even get to ride one. I'm not certain, but I am glad I read it now. I really enjoyed this book. It, of course, centers around a horse...or actual ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
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 indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the ...more
Steve Shilstone
Dec 29, 2016 Steve Shilstone rated it it was amazing
Superb prose. Superbly and plentifully illustrated. In short, superb.
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
Jennifer Foeller
Jan 08, 2015 Jennifer Foeller rated it it was amazing
This is basically THE horse book. I was horse obsessed as a child even though I knew I would never have a horse and never go horse-back riding. This book and by extension the rest of the Marguerite Henry horse books were my way of living vicariously in these other lives of these people who could have horses or work with horses.

This book is basically the daydream of young horse-lover's everywhere. The kids save up money doing chores, they rent a stall from their grandfather and buy their pony.

Apr 17, 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?

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
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Misty (4 books)
  • Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague (Misty, #2)
  • Stormy, Misty's Foal (Misty, #3)
  • Misty's Twilight (Misty, #4)

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