Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Flashback: Misty of Chincoteague

Today's Flashback: Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (1947)
Yes, I know, I'm very indecisive, but I've made another change to the Friday Flashback criteria...from here on, Flashbacks will be only about classics. I'll post pictures and facts about the certain book I've chosen for the month, and then there's space for discussion in the comments area. I'd love to hear what your favorite thing of Misty of Chincoteague was, or memories that you relate to this timeless children's classic!
Misty of Chincoteague is a story about a two siblings, Paul and Maureen Beebe, who live on Chincoteague Island with their grandparents. They're saving up money to buy the most elusive wild pony mare-The Phantom, and her new colt at this year's Pony Penning! But can they capture-and buy-the mysterious mare? Three words to describe this cute n' easy chapter book: sweet, sweet, sweet! Younger readers will love this horsey tale.

Interesting facts about Misty*:
- Misty is a TRUE story
- Marguerite Henry, the author, went to Chincoteague Pony Penning in 1946 to research her book, and ended up meeting the Beebes and Misty.
-Misty was born on Jule 20, 1946
- Marguerite Henry wanted Misty for her book, so she and Grandpa Beebe struck a deal: she'd pay $150 for Misty and feature Maureen and Paul in her story.
- Misty's most famous foal's name is Stormy (Stormy, Misty's Foal, the sequel to Misty of Chincoteague, is about him).
- A movie was made about Misty, and the colt who played her was black, dyed white for the film
- Misty died on October 16, 1972, and Stormy died in 1993. She was stuffed, mounted, and put on display in the Beebe's former ranch-house.

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