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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
Hardcover, Repackage edition, 176 pages
Published November 30th 1990 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
Jim
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
Jul 23, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Gaijinmama
Feb 17, 2014 Gaijinmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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NebraskaIcebergs
Sep 13, 2014 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
debbie~cr8zycat~
It was wonderful! I read it sometime during my teen years. I love books about animals actually. It's a beautiful story.
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
Alexis
Oct 20, 2011 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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...
Dolly
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
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Kelly
May 21, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah
Mar 10, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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E.F.B.
May 10, 2015 E.F.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Celia
May 04, 2015 Celia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah
Jun 08, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire
Mar 04, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
CadenAsher
Nov 18, 2015 CadenAsher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Elizabeth
Apr 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a "children's" book but the writing is beautiful. Pony penning is a real event and Chincoteague a working town. Wonderful.
Fatimah Iqbal
Nov 01, 2014 Fatimah Iqbal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*SPOILER ALERT*

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:

Amy
Gosh, I read Misty of Chincoteague back when I was in elementary school, so about 30 years ago! I still remember this book in a hazy way. I remember reading it, and although I have never been a girl who loved horses, this book pulled me in, and held me in its thrall. The way Marguerite Henry described these wild horses was beautiful, and had a way of sitting me right down in their world. I don't know how this book would hold up for me now, but I sure do remember liking it when I was young.
Leann Hirt
Aug 26, 2015 Leann Hirt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book - so glad I read it!
Jennifer Margulis
A heartbreaking and beautifully written book, based on true events, about two children's decision to capture and tame a wild horse named Phantom. For two pony pennings Phantom has escaped capture. But now Paul Beebe is old enough to join the men of Chincoteague in rounding up the wild ponies that live on the protected island of Assateague. After the wild ponies are captured they are forced to swim from their island to Chincoteague, penned, and sold. The stallions--and some of the brood mares--ar ...more
Elizabeth Pruett
I remember roaming the stacks of the children's area of "my" public library during our first few visits there. We moved to town just a few months before my 10th birthday, and I loved the library right away. The ensuing years would find me reading, studying, and growing friendships within those walls. When I went looking for a job to pay for college, the public library was the only place I applied. Three wonderful years were spent shelving, answering phones, filing, replying to genealogy queries ...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
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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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