Friday, October 4, 2013

Misty of Chincoteague series

Looking for a good book series to read with your children?  We just finished the Misty series, by Marguerite Henry and they were very heartwarming stories.  Even though my children are not devoted horse book fans, these stories were very enjoyable.  I think it's because the stories are about more than the horse, but about family relationships as well.  Non horse lovers will enjoy these books too. 
    I liked them because they are more fact than fiction, and all the characters are real people and the events were real, etc. The author takes some liberty with the timeline of events, but most of the circumstances and events actually  happened.  Sometimes when reading, my kids will comment about a particular event or ending in a book... "It happened that way because it is a story".  But in this case, it is a story, because it happened that way!  Rich east coast history, sweet family relationships, sensitive and respectful of God's creatures... all found in these books.  We laughed and cried ( okay, I cried) and enjoyed every chapter.  So many books marketed to kids nowadays are either twaddle or trashy.  It was refreshing to read good children's literature and based on a true story as well. 

  The sequels to Misty are Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague and Stormy: Misty's Foal, and they continue with the same themes., and are available at the library.  

One more thing... the movie Misty is available on DVD at the library as well.  It is a cute movie from the 1960's and I sure appreciate being able to watch a wholesome film with my children.  But like many movies based on books, it doesn't compare to the actual book, in character develop, life lessons learned, or heart and soul.  Nice choice for a Family Movie Night for the whole family, but not til after you read the books.

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