A wild, ringing neigh shrilled up from the hold of the Spanish galleon.
–Marguerite Henry - Misty of Chincoteague - c.1947, 2015
Paul and Maureen long for a pony of their own. All year they work with their grandfather taking care of his colts, but every year they are sold off, they’d love one they could keep. So they make up their mind, at the next Pony Penning Day they are going to catch Phantom, and buy her, and have a pony to keep forever.
Growing up I was always in to horse and pony books. The Pullein-Thompson sister featured very regularly in my trips to the library. And I’ve heard mention of Misty of Chincoteague many times. The book often gets mentioned in other pony books. But I’d never read it before.
It is a lovely book, although a tad dated. I wasn’t too fond of Paul’s remarks to Maureen that she should quit acting like a girl, although I suppose it was written in the 1940s so allowances do have to be made.
But the outstanding thing about the book is the illustrations, they are just wonderful, and they really do capture the capture the feel of the book and the wild ponies.
If you enjoy horse and pony tales then this is well worth a read.