What parents need to know
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?
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?