Misty of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague

by Marguerite Henry, Daisy Eagan

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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?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559947664
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marguerite Henry was the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind; Misty of Chincoteague; and Stormy, Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

Edward Herrmann's films include Nixon, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Annie, and The Aviator. On television's Gilmore Girls he starred as the patriarch, Richard Gilmore. He has also appeared on The Good Wife, Law & Order, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, and Oz. He earned an Emmy Award for The Practice, and remains well-known for his Emmy-nominated portrayals of FDR in Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. On Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his performance in Mrs. Warren's Profession.

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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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Misty of Chincoteague 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
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 More than 1 year ago
I read this before visiting the island and seeing the horses. Of course, the story is a bit fictional, maybe a little too fabricated. I found the local dialect in the story a bit annoying but it was written quite a while back. Over all, the story and the legends are sweet, beautiful and well worth knowing.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm not really a horse lover, but I read this book since it is often listed as a favorite. What I found...it is a nice enough story, mildly exciting... sure to appeal to those elementary kids who adore horses.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a pony as a kid & lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, not too far from Chincoteague. We went there & I got to put a real place to the book. The 'Paul' in the book was in his early 30's then, as I recall & I supposedly got to meet him. I was pretty young, about 7 or 8 I guess. I was told he was Paul, anyway. I don't think we got to see Misty, but one of her foals - Stormy? Anyway, it was a memorable book, all my kids read them & my wife too.
amybrojo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A kid classic I had never read! Enjoyed my afternoon going back in time to the island of Chincoteague. Fun read.
angierae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wonderful story of Paul and Maureen Beebe's relationship with the wild pony, Phantom, and her foal, Misty. The book that introduced the world to life on Chincoteague Island, VA and the wild ponies of Assateague Island. A must read for horse lovers.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chincoteague is a small island off the coast of Virginia. It is protected from the ocean by a larger island, Asateague, which is a wildlife refuge for wild fowl and wild ponies. Each year there is a round up of ponies from Asateague so that they don¿t overrun the island and over populate. Boats line up from island coast to island coast, creating a lane for the horses to go from Asateague to Chincoteague. Misty of Chincoteague is the story of Paul and Maureen whose goal is to capture the elusive horse, Phantom, and claim her as their own.Paul and Maureen dream of Phantom and begin saving money in order to buy him after the roundup. It is Paul¿s first round up and, surprisingly, he sees Phantom and herds her into the watery lane leading to the Pony Pens on Chincoteague. The surprising thing is that Phantom had a colt since the prior year, which Paul immediately names Misty. Now brother and sister want to buy both horses.Originally written in 1947, the dialogue in Misty of Chincoteague may be a little dated. But don¿t let that deter you from a delightful story of a brother and sister who yearn for a horse of their own. They live with their grandparents who are horse trainers, so they see horses come and go. They need their own horse. Henry does an excellent job of situating the reader amidst the action. Readers feel like they are part of the island round up. They see the wild horses struggling against the tide to get from island to the next. They feel Maureen¿s pain when she learns that someone had already purchased Misty. Misty of Chincoteague is a great read-aloud book as well as a great story book. Animal lovers will not be able to put the book down.
inkcharmed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember really loving these books.
leepam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Misty of Chincoteague is great story and I cannot wait to read it aloud to my students. The story shows the benefits of hard work and when it is time to let someone or something go. Paul and Maureen Beebe live with their grandparents on their farm. They want a horse for themselves that their grandfather won¿t sell. One day while they are with their grandfather on Assateague Island, they see Phantom- a beautiful mare that no one has been able to capture- and decide that they want to buy her on Pony Penning Day. The two children work hard doing whatever work they can and raise enough money to buy her; the only problem is that she has to be captured and brought in and no one has ever been able to capture her. Paul had finally reached the age that he could ride with the men to bring in the wild horses. Paul captured Phantom and learned that she had a baby with her. As the men are bringing the horses to Chinoteague Island to be sold, the colt- who was not old enough to swim- begins to struggle, so Paul jumps in and swims with her holding her head above water so that she does not drown. Paul gains the trust of Phantom and her colt, Misty, that night when he spends the night with them during a storm. Paul and Maureen are able to buy both of the horses. They bring them home; Misty loves living at the Beebe¿s farm, but Phantom yearns for her freedom. Paul and Beebe work with Phantom and teach her how to race; she wins the Pony Penning Race the following year. Not long after the race, Paul and Maureen can sense how sad Phantom is so they let her go. She stayed with her colt until she was old enough to be on her own and she knew that she would be safe and protected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sooo much. Its great. I love horses so I read it. Charity Martin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year 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!