I must confess, I never went through a horse crazy phase and thus never read the classic Misty Of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry as a child. Clearly, I was missing out and of course in an effort to reclaim bits of my lost childhood, I borrowed the audiobook from the library.
If you also did not read Misty Of Chincoteague as a kid, chances are that all you know is there is a horse named Misty. BUT YOU GUYS there is more to the plot that that. There are these two kids, right, Paul and Maureen Beebe. They live with their grandparents on a farm in Chincoteague. The two become enamored with this horse, The Phantom and are determined to buy the horse on Pony Penning Day when the horse from Assateague Island are rounded up and sold into captivity.
I’m a bit sad I didn’t read Misty Of Chincoteague as a kid. It’s got this gentleness to it that I would have loved and actually still like. I liked reading about the values of hard work and patience in order to get what you want. The tenacity and can-do attitude of Paul and Maureen was very admirable.
Yet, Misty Of Chincoteague made me a bit melancholy as well. The image of capturing a spirited and free animal makes me a little sad. Isn’t there kind of a beauty to imagining untamed animals like horses running free along the Assateague? However, in the end I thought Marguerite Henry’s book was a lovely read.
Edward Hermann is a strong choice for narrator. He sort of sounds like your grandfather telling you a story from the good old days, which honestly is the PERFECT fit for this book. Plus there is no creepy girl voice falsetto. I’d totally recommend this audiobook to listeners with young children and those making up experiences they missed out on as a kid. Misty Of Chincoteague is produced by Simon And Schuster Audio and is 2 hours and 32 minutes unabridged.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library.