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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689803931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689803932
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 18.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,650,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

More than 40 years after the release of the Newbery Honor book Misty of Chincoteague comes Henry's latest novel about the descendants of the famous wild pony. Dr. Sandy Price had been mesmerized by Misty as a child; now living on a horse farm and raising children of her own, she sets her sights on buying some Chincoteague ponies. One of the prize animals that Dr. Price wins at auction is a direct descendant of Misty, and she eventually gives birth to a filly named Twilight. Twi's unusual markings, speed and temperament make it difficult to classify her; but when her talents finally bloom she becomes a dressage champion. Unfortunately this is less a novel than a collection of footnotes to the earlier classic. The plotting here is choppy and forced, and the cardboard characters fail to generate any genuine emotion--despite the overuse of exclamation points throughout. Horse story and Henry fans will be disappointed. Illustrations not seen by PW . Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8 --Readers will grab this book with high expectations, but the plot won't capture them like the real-life dramas that inspired the previous three Chincoteague stories. Twilight is the great-great-granddaughter of the famous pinto, Misty of Chincoteague (Macmillan, 1990). Sired by a thoroughbred, the delightful pony samples the popular equestrian sports of cutting, jumping, and dressage. Her family, Dr. Sandy Price and her children, Chris and Pam, experience the excitement of Pony Penning Day at Chincoteague, and Twilight personifies the romance of the wild ponies. She is an engaging pony whose spirit is true to her ancestry. The protagonist, Sandy, is a mature woman seeking to live a childhood dream, with Chris and Pam as secondary characters. They're enthusiastic horse lovers, but they can't compare to Paul, Maureen, and Grandpa Beebe. The story repeats Henry's folksy style while it relives the magic of its predecessors. This sequel will suggest a rereading of the earlier books. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Chris on Nov. 7 2001
Format: Paperback
I've been reading the Misty of Chincoteague books to my 7 yr old horse-loving daughter over the last few months, and have loved Misty, Stormy, and Sea Star. Twilight was an incredible let-down. We felt we knew the Beebe family and many of the Chincoteague residents intimately; none of them were mentioned in this book, and even Pony Penning and all it's festivities were only touched in passing. We never connected with the characters in this book. The kids weren't likeable because they didn't like horses, and complained about having to work on the Farm. Sandy, the Mom, was inconsistent, proclaiming her love of horses and of spending time with them, but not doing it. Chapter 16 closes with them thinking they'll try making Twilight into a cross country jumper, with Sandy envisioning herself riding the jumps with her pony. Yet Chapter 18 opens with Sandy not having had any contact with Twilight for months, and wondering if there was even any bond left between the pony and herself. Sandy lost all credibility with me, and my daughter, when she sent her son away to boarding school because of "teenage mischief-making;" she obviously spent as little time with her children as with her horses, and solved her problems with her children the same way as with her horses, by sending them off to someone else to deal with. The book also lost credibility when Sandy missed Twilight's first dressage show because of opening the invitation too late, but has her dreaming of watching the show, then researching dressage for a hour to learn what her horse had been doing for the last year, instead of picking up the phone and calling to find out how the horse did.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
With many horse books, as with the horse industry in general, the plots often revolves around one particular equestrian sport. What I love about this book, though, is that it exposes the readers to different skill areas and the overall versatility that horses are capable of, and the injustice of breed prejudice that is prevalent in some circles. Not many horses may actually be able to compete at the levels that Misty's Twilight reached, but she proves that a good horse can come from any sort of background. When Mrs. Henry wrote this novelization, it HAD been a while since she had composed her classics, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I think every fan of hers should give it a look. I think children will enjoy the fact that it follows the mare's life from the time she was little, but I think the style and topics may be a bit better understood by the 10-13 year-olds. Contrary to insinuations that this book was made up, Misty's Twilight is in fact a real horse, and is a dressage champion living in Florida. If you do a websearch, there are pictures of her online at her trainer's website.
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With many horse books, as with the horse industry in general, the plots often revolves around one particular equestrian sport. What I love about this book, though, is that it exposes the readers to different skill areas and the overall versatility that horses are capable of, and the injustice of breed prejudice that is prevalent in some circles. Not many horses may actually be able to compete at the levels that Misty's Twilight reached, but she proves that a good horse can come from any sort of background. When Mrs. Henry wrote this novelization, it HAD been a while since she had composed her classics, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I think every fan of hers should give it a look. I think children will enjoy the fact that it follows the mare's life from the time she was little, but I think the style and topics may be a bit better understood by the 10-13 year-olds. Contrary to insinuations that this book was made up, Misty's Twilight is in fact a real horse, and is a dressage champion living in Florida. If you do a websearch, there are pictures of her online at her trainer's website.
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By A Customer on May 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
Misty's Twilight was written by Marguerite Henry but is illustrated by Karen Haus Grandpre. I think this book is a good book for kids who like ponies. I think kids from age 8 to 12 would like this book. This book was voted number one by kids for the State Childen's Choice Award Winner. This book is about a pony named Misty Twilight and she is part thoroughbred and also part Chincoteague. She is one hundred percent fire and talent. Misty is the most famous pony ever. Misty is a pony bred from Chincoteague's Twilight and has greatness in her blood. Misty has a chance to shine and become a cutting horse, a jumping horse or one that participates in the graceful art of dressage. Misty Twilight is a ancestors were wild ponies living on a untamed island. You will want to know if Misty Twilight can compete against the best horse in the world and wonder can she win?
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By Shadow Legacy on Oct. 26 2001
Format: Paperback
Alright, I downright hated this book! All it talks about how this part Chincoteague part Thoroughbred becomes a superstar like all of the horse books that are written now. It is like no duh the horse is going to win because the horse is the main character of the book! And, what kind of nickname is "Twi"? It's downright stupid. I just hated this book and I can not believe that some many people actually like this book. I think that the best illustration was when the ugly rat had her ribs sticking out. The worst was when she was doing all of the dressage moves. I mean, they only teach those moves at the Spanish Riding School, so Rat should not know them, especially a near perfect capriole.
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