Misty of Chincoteague Book Poster Image

Misty of Chincoteague

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.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?


Younger readers will quickly find themselves involved in the drama of this captivating tale, 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.

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").

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

This review of Misty of Chincoteague was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 7 years old July 20, 2012

Great book!

It's the best book ever. You should read it!!!.It really sounds real, the horses are cute, you can go see the wild ponies and it teaches kids to respect wild things.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
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.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byMindypin April 9, 2008

Childhood favorite

This was one of my favorite books as a child. I was one of those horse-crazy girls but recommend this for all kids. It's an uplifting story, and the writing is well done.