Misty of Chincoteague

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A must for every horse-lover's library.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The younger sister is relegated to a secondary role in the more dramatic moments of the story.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that pencil drawings, while visually pleasing, may confuse readers about the characters' ages. Some may be put off by the slow pace and lengthy descriptions.

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What's the story?

Two children capture and tame a legendary wild pony in this classic tale. From the moment the Phantom and her foal, Misty, are brought to Chincoteague, Paul and Maureen overcome one obstacle after another to make these wild creatures their own. A must for every equestrian's library.

Is it any good?


For over 50 years, horse lovers have thrilled to this tale of wild ponies who resist capture at every turn. The setting and Marguerite Henry's vivid writing style work to make it rise above your average child-and-horse story. Set in the Tidewater area of Virginia, the book is filled with that region's colorful dialect ("Seems as if the devil is allus sittin' cross-legged of me").

Younger readers quickly find themselves involved with the drama. But those used to today's fast pace and relentless action may find the book slow. Readers of all ages will enjoy Wesley Dennis' illustrations of the wild ponies, but they may find that his depictions of the children don't help pinpoint the children's ages, which are not given in the text either.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about wild animals. Why do the children want so desperately to capture Phantom? What's so appealing about Phantom? How does captivity change Phantom?

Book details

Author:Marguerite Henry
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 1, 1947
Number of pages:173

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Parent of an infant, 5, 8, and 10 year old Written byKathyJ September 22, 2009

My Favorite Book

I love it!! My favorite book as a kid and my daughter is now reading it and enjoys it too.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byDunkinDonut666 July 21, 2013

Great Book about a Chincoteague Pony

This is a beautiful story about 2 kids who attempt to own a wild pony on Chincoteague. Paul and Maureen Beebe are staying with their grandparents at their ranch on Chincoteague Island while their parents are in China. The story begins with a ship full of wild horses including the Phantom and her colt Misty. The ship crashes on Chincoteague Island and ever since the wild pony's have been at Chincoteague. This is a wonderful story about children's friendship with a wild pony.
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Educator and Parent of a 3, 5, and 7 year old Written byChristy4 August 22, 2012

Well-written prose, great characters, pony mystique

I read this out-loud to my seven year old. She loved it and found the story engrossing and the characters relatable. She wants to read more Marguerite Henri books now. I liked the portrayal of the positive sibling relationship between the brother and sister and how industriously they worked toward their goal of buying the horse. They also handled disappointment with a lot of grace. Their are some good discussion points as to when "interfering" with nature is a good thing and when wild things should be left to the wild.
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