If you can believe it, I'd never read this book during my school years.
My daughter has a thing for books about horses. She read this and was ready to pass it on. As it's an American classic, I thought I better read it before the chance passed me by.
It's a quick read. A true story. A simpler time.
And now I totally want to go one summer to see the horses swim. As the island isn't that far away from our home, I think it is a doable option.
I like her style of writing. It's classic and timeless. I especially enjoyed the local flavoring of the 'old timer's' dialogue. It gets that real Eastern Shore flavor going.
The descriptions of the scene and emotions experienced by the children are tangible and resonate with our humanity. Every kid at some point dreams of owning a horse. If only they were still $100! These days you have to add a few zeroes to that figure.
This is one heartfelt tale that should be shared with every child. Perhaps that's why it's persisted in being popular for over 60 years.
Good for older elementary age kids and up.
Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white “map” on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.
Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money that she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them....
Pony Penning Day holds a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?