Misty of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague

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by Marguerite Henry, John McDonough

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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

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

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San Fransisco Chronicle

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

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Wild ponies-offspring of those who traveled to the New World on Spanish galleons-are the focus of two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony. Their desire is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction. 1948 Newbery Honor Book.
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"A thrilling and long-to-be remembered tale." -- San Fransisco Chronicle

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Tom's point was a protected piece of land where the marsh was hard and the grass especially sweet. About seventy wild ponies, exhausted by their morning's run, stood browsing quietly, as if they were in a corral. Only occasionally they looked up at their captors. The good meadow and their own weariness kept them peaceful prisoners.

At a watchful distance the roundup men rested their mounts and relaxed. It was like the lull in the midst of a storm. All was quiet on the surface. Yet there was an undercurrent of tension. You could tell it in the narrowed eyes of the men, their subdued voices and their too easy laughter.

Suddenly the laughter stilled. Mouths gaped in disbelief. Eyes rounded. For a few seconds no one spoke at all. Then a shout that was half wonder and half admiration went up from the men. Paul Beebe was bringing in the Phantom and a colt!

Even the wild herds grew excited. As one horse, they stopped grazing. Every head jerked high, to see and to smell the newcomers. The Pied Piper whirled out and gathered the mare and her colt into his band. He sniffed them all over as if to make sure that nothing had harmed them. Then he snorted at Phantom, as much as to say, "You cause me more trouble than all the rest of my mares put together!"

The roundup men were swarming around Paul, buzzing with questions.

"How'd you do it, Paul?" Wyle Maddox called over the excited hubbub.

"Where'd you find 'em?" shouted Kim Horsepepper.

Paul made no answer. The questions floated around and above him like voices in a dream. He went hot and cold by turns. Did he do the right thing by bringing the Phantom andher foal in? Miserably he watched the Phantom's head droop. There was no wild sweep to her mane and her tail now. The free wild thing was caught like a butterfly in a net. She was webbed in by men, yelling and laughing.

"Beats all!" he heard someone say. "For two years we been trying to round up the Phantom and along comes a spindling youngster to show us up."

"'Twas the little colt that hindered her."

"'Course it was."

"It's the newest colt in the bunch; may not stand the swim."

"If we lose only one colt, it'll still be a good day's work."

"Jumpin jupiter, but it's hot!"

The men accepted Paul as one of them now — a real roundup man. They were clapping him on the shoulder and offering him candy bars. Suddenly he remembered the bar Grandpa had pressed into his hand. He took off the wrapper and ate — not because he was hungry, but because he wanted to seem one of the men. They were trying to get him to talk. "Ain't they a shaggy-lookin' bunch?" Kim Horsepepper asked.

"Except for Misty," Paul said, pointing toward the Phantom's colt. "Her coat is silky." The mere thought of touching it sent shivers through him. "Misty," he thought to himself wonderingly. "Why, I've named her!"

The little foal was nursing greedily. Paul's eyes never strayed from the two of them. It was as if they might disappear into the mist of the morning, leaving only the sorrels and the bays and the blacks behind.

Only once he looked out across the water. Two lines of boats were forming a pony-way across the channel. He saw the cluster of people and the mounts waiting on the shores of Chincoteague and he knew that somewhere among them was Maureen. It was like a relay race. Soon she would carry on.

"Could I swim my mount across the channel alongside the Phantom?" Paul asked Wyle Maddox anxiously.

Wyle shook his head. "Watch Eyes is all tuckered out," he said. "Besides, there's a kind of tradition in the way things is handled on Pony Penning Day. There's mounted men for the roundup and there's boatmen to herd 'em across the channel," he explained.

"Tide's out!" he called in clipped tones. "Current is slack. Time for the ponies to be swinimed across. Let's go!"

Suddenly the beach was wild with commotion. From three sides the roundup men came rushing at the ponies, their hoarse cries whipping the animals into action. They plunged into the water, the stallions leading, the mares following, neighing encouragement to their colts.

"They're off!" shouted Wyle Maddox, and everyone felt the relief and triumph in his words.

Kim thumped Paul on the back as they boarded the scow for the ride back. "Don't fret about yer prize," he said brusquely. "You've got the Phantom sure this time. Once in the water she can't turn back."

But he was wrong!

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Anonymous_Horse_Lover_ More than 1 year ago
I pretty much liked this book. It may not have been five stars, but it was definably a 4! It is not an adventure story or full of action, but its not slow paced and boring. It is just a good book. There is no way to explain it. Its just really good. but, it is still a classic.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book with my classroom and my daughter. It is a great story of Chincoteague island and the mixture of fiction and non-fiction is very inviting. The horses story will make you want to know what is going to happen. Will these horses make it and how. If you know of a girl who loves horses this is a good book for her. I tried to read this story to my daughter when she was six years old, it was too heavy for her then. I recently read it with my nine year old daughter and it went over much better. It takes some concentration and time to stop and discuss but you will like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is mostly for horses lovers. It is a marvelous book about a brother and sister that live in Chincoteague, Virgina. They live with there grandparents on a farm. On the farm their Grandpa raises colts then sells them. Every year in Chincoteague there is a day called Pony Pending day. Pony Pending day is when the round up the ponies on Assuteague island. One day the boy and girl were on Assuteague island looking at the ponies when they see a very special horse named the Phatom. The Phantom has never been rounded up before because nobody could catch her. The moment they saw the Phantom they both knew they wanted her! Do they ever get her? Read the story to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I grew up around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. In fact my fathers side of the family was from there and the book is very accurate in detail and description. The story is one that is timeless and has a message for everyone regardless of age or background. It will take you back to a time when life was much simpler and people had values and used them. I would also recommend the movie. The scenery in the movie is exactly the same today as it was then over 50 years ago. You can't go wrong with either the book or the movie but would suggest the book first. Enjoy!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is really awsome. I recomend it to anybody else who likes horses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's so good I read it over and over again. I've been to Pony Penning Day and Margurite Henry descibed it perfectly. I definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an adventurous and heartfelt book that any little horse or pony lover will adore! Based on a true story, the book follows the adventures of Paul and Maureen Beebe, and their Chincoteague Pony, Misty. Great for kids of any age! This is truly a classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. This book is about 2 children who want to buy a horse. They had many difficulties on their way but they never gave up and they got what they wanted in the end. I think you should read this book because it was very well written and very exciting to read and to find out what was going to happen next. (This is a true story!!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Marguerite Henhy's books she is the best author of all time, but Mitsy is the best. The story of a chincoteague pony and the two kids that love her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Misty of c......... it is the best book ever
SallyDCole More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since I was a little girl - I still have the original hard cover copies of this and many of Marguerite Henry's books. Just ordered the paperback for my neice...no doubt she will love it and decide she needs a pony!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We bought this for our niece. It was a story with mystery about horses which is a favorite subject for her activities and her love of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Misty of Chincoteague is a great book but the way they talk with the accent I couldn't really understand it. otherwise it is a perfect book for horse lovers. In the end I felt bad for Maureen when she couldn't race but I got over it.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I just got the movie so I hope its as good as the book!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was vividly described so that you felt like you were on the island of Chincoteague. Sometimes I forgot that I was looking at this book while daydreaming about Chincoteague how it was described in this book. Also, it has a good ending. READ THIS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book and can somebody please tell me what is with the cat thing. PLEASE!! Respond to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it before as a paperback, but somehow it got lost so I didn't think much of it. Infact, l completly forgot about it. So when l looked up King of the Wind, it showed up by the same author. I was so surprised and in this Breyer horse mag, l saw Misty and Stormy as Breyer horses. I love Misty and her Phantom spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make more book like this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Misty is a great book and i have read it and i recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother and I were just staying in Greenbackville (Chincoteague) Virginia with my aunt and uncle and I got this book when we went to Chincoteague to see the wild ponies. I have not read the book yet but it looks really beautiful.
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The book is about two kids that live on Assoteague Island, Paul and Maureen. This island is near Chincoteague Island, the home of many horses. The kids are interested in a certain horse, the Phantom. So they try to get money to buy the horse on pony penning day. Pony penning day is an annual event when a group of people go to round up horses for show and sale. The boy, Paul, was old enough to go this year. So, when the get to Chincoteague, he found a foal that he later discovers belongs to the Phantom. So they rounded up the horses, with the Phantom and her foal, which they named misty, and headed back to Chincoteague. Then, one day the fire chief, the one in charge of the horses, came toward Maureen and Maureen asked to buy the Phantom and Misty, but it was already sold. They were devastated. I think this could be for all ages. I didn't really like the book that well. Marguerite Henry was bedridden till the age of seven due to illness, so she couldn't make any friends. So, she spent most of her time reading and writing. Her first story was published in 1913 when she was eleven years old. Her last book was published in 1997 when she was 95. The book was published first in 1947. Paul and his sister Maureen's determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction. The book's plot is about two kids that want to buy a wild horse. The characters are two determined kids trying to raise money to buy a horse. This is a simple story taking place on a rural island. It teaches people to get what you want; you need hard work and determination. I think it reached its goal as a successful science fiction book. The characters in this book try to buy a horse at the annual pony penning day. This is a descent book that has its strong points.