Misty of Chincoteague Author:Marguerite Henry Four miles of the shore of Virginia is a narrow, seven-mile-long island called Chincoteague. Protecting this isle from the Atlantic Ocean is a much longer island called Assateague. Legend has it that a Spanish galleon carrying a live cargo of horses was shipwrecked on the reefs surrounding Assateague, leaving the horses to fend for themselves. C... more »enturies later, after Chincoteague had been settled by fishermen and pony ranchers, Assateague still remained a refuge for wild ducks, geese -and horses.
Paul Beebe and his sister Maurren lived with their grandparents on Chincoteague.Grandpa was one of the few pony ranchers left on the island and Paul and Maureen were the envy of all their classmates.
They loved living on the ranch, helping take care of the ponies and helping Grandma with chores around the house. There was only one thing they didn't like: Each year the ponies they had cared for and fed were sold to the horse dealers who came from as far away as New York. It was a sad time for Paul and Maureen when they had to say goodbye to the beautiful ponies they had grown to love.
It was for this reason that Paul and Maureen dreamed of one day having their own pony that no one could buy and no one could take away. The only problem was that they didn't want just any pony. They had their hearts set on a wild mare called the Phantom who lived on Assateague. She was knows all over the island because, first of all, she always managed to elude the Chincoteague men who came over each year to capture wild ponies, and secondly, she was the most beautiful mare anyone had ever seen.
Paul and Maureen got their chance when Grandpa decided one day that Paul was now old enough to go with the men on the annual pony chase on Assateague. How he captures the Phantom and her colt, Misty-how Paul and Maureen tame the wild mare- and how they win their final triumph on Pony Penning Day- is the heart of this story that is at once touching, fast moving and vividly real.« less