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Misty of Chincoteague Paperback – Dec 26 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (Dec 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416927832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416927839
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

Marguerite Henry's Newbery Honor Book has captivated generations of boys and girls both with its thrilling descriptions of true incidents from the tiny island of Chincoteague, and its realistic yet wonderfully magical atmosphere. This story of an animal brought into captivity poignantly reveals the powerful opposing forces of humans and nature. Wesley Dennis's pen-and-ink ponies are masterfully depicted with rippling muscles, shaggy coats, and free spirits. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A thrilling and long-to-be-remembered tale."

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

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By A Customer on Oct. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
In the book Misty of Chincoteague, the hearts of one little boy (Paul), and his little sister are captured when they find out that they have the chance to catch the pony of their dreams on pony penning day. Marguerite Henry, the author, really grabs the hearts of the people who love horses everywhere with the interesting surprises of this book.
On pony penning day Paul and his sister find out that you should always expect the unexpected because it is always libel to happen. When Paul takes his turn to go catch the pony he wants someone or something makes all of his dreams fall apart. When he finds that it is hard to catch a pony when you can�t find it, his heart is shattered.
I would recommend this book to people who love horses very much because if you know about horses then you will be more interested in this. I liked this book because I am one of those people who love horses very much. And any book that has to do with horses then I will at least read about it than if I like it I will read it. And if I don�t like it then I won�t read it. Recommending is not the easiest job but when it comes to this then it is very easy to do.
So to wrap it all up there has been many surprising twists to this book. And the best part is there is more than one so I am not really saying goodbye.
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Format: Paperback
My seven year old daughter and I finished this book last night. She was very sad to have it end. What a wonderful account of the devastating storm that hit the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague and the relief efforts to rebuild the islands and the devastated wild pony population.
It was very heartwarming to read in the epilogue excerpts from actual letters of children that sent in their hard earned money to buy back the ponies sold at previous Pony Penning Days to replenish the wild herds of Assateugue. These children and others like them preserved a tradition that had been maintained for over 100 years and because of them continues on today. In fact, Marguerite Henry dedicated this book to those very children that made it all possible.
Marguerite Henry does an excellent job of using local dialect in the telling of the story, especially with Grandpa and Grandma. You can not help but become involved in the characters and their concerns become very real to you.
I read this book many many years ago and had forgotten a great deal of the story. One of the things I did remember was Misty being put in Grandma's kitchen to wait out the storm.
If you are like me and read this book many years ago I encourage to reread it. You will be glad you did.
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Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from my grandparents before I could read - around 1955 when I lived in Chincoteague Virginia. Inside it's cover, it had autographs of Grandma and Grandpa Beebe, Maureen Beebe, and a sticker that was supposedly "Misty's Hoof Print". Paul's autograph was the only one missing - I believe he died in World War II. The autographs seemed to bring it all to life for me even at a young age. This was my favorite book of childhood!! Later my family moved to Virginia Beach, and loaned the book to my fifth grade teacher to read to my class. She took it home for safe keeping, which turned out to be not so safe. A hurricane devasted her home and took my beloved Misty Of Chincoteague book out to sea.
I was devasted as well. It bothered me for years. Some 40 years later in a used book store, I came across a hardcover copy of the book - minus the autographs of course. I immediately bought it, and read it.
Years later I read it to my daughter, when she first became interested in horses. She now has a copy of her own. I'm now 52 years old and I STILL love it!!
This book is timeless, has a great message for children - set goals, work hard and and you will achieve, and goes straight to the heart of man's inate love for animals. The illustrations are simple yet precious. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!You'll find it becoming a family favorite!!
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Set on Chincotegue Island off tidewater Virginia, this Newbery Honor book proved the first in a string of kid and horse stories by Marguerite Henry. The black and white sketches by Wesley Dennis are excellent illustrations, enhancing the story about two kids who dream of taming a wild horse of their own. The story is preceded by a dramatic prologue: how a Spanish galleon foundered during a storm centuries ago, leaving a stallion and his mares free to survive and thrive on uninhabited Assateauge Island. One theme presented is the natural urge of wild creatures to live in freedom; that a human can never truly tame a wild horse that yearns to run with the wind.
Paul and his sister Maureen live with their grandparents on Pony Ranch, while their missionary parents are away. Excited at the prospect of his first Pony Penning Day--an annual event and popular
fundraiser for the island's Fire Department--Paul dreams of capturing the elusive Phantom--a famous mare on Assateauge.
The siblings work for months to save up enough to purchase the mare. Paul even projects his goal for the following year: to ride the Phantom to victory in the annual race against the
Mainland favorite.
But neither younster reckons with Misty, the surprise foal and youngest pony to cross the salt water during the Roundup. This curious filly adapts easily to life among humans, but how can the kids raise enoug money to buy Both Ponies? As charming now as when I read it as a girl, this delightful tale addresses goal-setting, sharing and realizing the rights of wild creatures. Paul comes of age at the story's end--earning the respect of the townsfolk and his grandparents as
This is truly a children's Horse classic!
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