When I was a kid I probably read Misty of Chincoteague about 50 times. I kid you not, starting in maybe 5th grade and up through most of middle school I read it a lot. I read all of Marguerite Henry’s books A LOT. I still own a majority of her books, and could tell you major plot points.
We recently finished reading this as our night time read aloud. We don’t really do anything special with our read alouds besides talk about them. I particularly enjoyed listening to the kids discover one of my favorites, and their amazement when they found out it was a true story.
Ever since we finished the book Princess has been carrying around my Misty Breyer horse along with her foals Stormy and Phantom Wings. She carefully sets them up and lets them eat anything she eats, and makes sure they’re okay.
Sadly the 1960s movie isn’t available on DVD to watch, I tried. I got to see it in the theater at Chincoteague when I visited there at 13 years old.
So, to sum up. Read the book, then if your child is a horse lover of any sort read all the rest of her books, they’re all great reads and most of them have some basis in history….. Hmmmm……. Maybe I’ll have us read Black Gold when we get to the 20th century, or Justin Morgan had a Horse (though we’ve past that one for history).