Misty of Chincoteague

by Marguerite Henry
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When was Misty of Chincoteague published?

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Maguerite Henry wrote Misty of Chincoteague after she received a letter in 1945 that told her about the ponies that had washed onto an island after the shipwreck of a Spanish galleon. She was so interested in the tale of these ponies that had swum to the safety of Assateague Island that she decided to go out in person for Pony Penning Day. The man who had already illustrated one book for her, Wesley Dennis, made the trip with her. While they were on their visit, they heard the story of Misty of Chincoteague. Ms. Henry wrote the story as a book, and Mr. Dennis drew the illustrations. It was published by Rand McNally in 1947 and was very popular. Interestingly, Ms. Henry later returned to the area and purchased the real pony, Misty. She and Misty took tours so that children around the country could meet Misty and the author who wrote about her. 

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