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Misty of Chincoteague (1947)

by Marguerite Henry

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Series: Misty of Chincoteague (1)

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Two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.

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On the island of Chincoteague, 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...
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 22, 2023 |
Listened to this with the kids. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Read about the author and the people and horses that this book was based upon!

Newbery Award Winner!
  vashonpatty | Feb 25, 2023 |
With an opening as terrifying as [The Black Stallion[,
[Mistry] delivers the complete story of a rescued baby pony and the people she comes to love.

Evocative drawings!

The return to the Island ending is beautiful.

(Unwelcome is no compassion for the animals - clams, oysters - caught only to make money.

Pony Penning Day is also viewed as a tradition with no regard for the pain and fright of the ponies.) ( )
  m.belljackson | Jan 7, 2023 |
Another of those classics of youth that somehow passed me by in mine. I just loved this story of two children, their love for the wild ponies of the mid-Atlantic barrier islands, and their determination to own one. It was written well (maybe a bit heavy-handed on the dialect as spoken by the grandparents, but not enough to put me off), with just enough tension, and a pretty perfect ending. A very "grown-up" tale for young readers. As I discovered, it is based on a true story, which was recently reported and updated in this Smithsonian article. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jan 2, 2023 |
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Bolognese, DonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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TO: Paul and Maureen Beebe, Grandpa and Grandma Beebe, Eba Jones, Fire Chief, Wyle Maddox, Leader of Roundup Men, L. Quillen, Roundup Man, Wilbur Wimbrow, Roundup Man, Hoawrd Rogers, Roundup Man, Harvey Beebe, Roundup Man, Harold Beebe, father of Paul and Maureen, Ralph Beebe, uncle of Paul and Maureen, Delbert Dasiey, Bronc Buster, Victoria and William Pruitt, all of whom really live on Chincoteague Island and who appear as characters in this book, and a special dedication to three Chincoteague ponies: Phantom, Pied Piper, Misty
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A wild, ringing neigh shrilled up from the hold of the Spanish galleon.
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Two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.

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Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white 'map' on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.

Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. they were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them ...

Pony Penning Day hols a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn foal as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?

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