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Watermen and Wild Ponies, A Chincoteague Waterman Remembers Life on Chincoteague and Assateague
An informative and touching chronicle of the life-long friendship of two business partners who catch and sell fish, oysters and clams for over 30 years until the early 1960's. It reflects the flavor of living and making a livelihood on Chincoteague and the early settlement of Assateague. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.com)
Misty of Chincoteague
A Newberry Honor book, for children 8 - 12 years old. This is the story of Paul and Maureen Beebe and their quest to buy the elusive Phantom, a wild Chincoteague pony. On Pony Penning Day, they not only bring in the Phantom, but also her colt, Misty. It is a wonderful heart-warming tale of the efforts of two children to achieve their dream. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
Assateague Island 2nd Edition
This pamphlet documents much of the unwritten history of Assateague. It gathers previously undocumented stories about the inhabitants activities and their thoughts from writings and interviews.
Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).
A Natural History of Quiet Waters
This is a wonderfully well-written, easy to understand description of the swamps and wetlands of the East Coast and their importance to our environment, history and culture. It is written from the perspective of someone who has experienced them first hand. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)
Seeds of Evidence
This recently published novel involves an FBI Special Agent on leave at her Grandmother's home on Chincoteague, who becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of a young Latino boy. Available at Sundial Books on Chincoteague (www.sundialbooks.net).
Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (MD and VA) (images of America)
This book provides a short pictorial and narrative description of these two barrier islands, their history and relationship. One is a small town community catering to thousands of tourists who come almost year-round to enjoy the beach and view the wildlife on the other. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
The Assateague Ponies
A factual book about these fascinating animals revealing all you would want to know about their social structure, diet, range and interaction with humans. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).
Stormy, Misty's Foal
This sequel to "Misty" describes the events on Chincoteague during the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962. Misty is about to give birth and the book details the actions the Beebe's take to ensure a safe birth. It also covers the role Misty and her foal play in raising donations to restore the island after the storm. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
A Naturalist Guide to the Virginia Coast
This book covers the beaches and tidal flats of the Virginia coasts and expands the experience of the natural diversity of the areas around Chincoteague, Back Bay and Cape Henry Trail. Good for the weekend birder, experienced naturalist or just plain interested observer. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundiabooks.net).
The Sea is a Thief
A century and a half after it was fought, we have come to know the War Between the States as series of debates, campaigns, and battles won or lost. The Sea is a Thief offers a new perspective from the dusty lanes and muddy channels of Chincoteague, an oystering island in Virginia, chronicling its effects on a captivating crew of hardy watermen, rogue hunters, moonshiners and merchants. At the center of the storm stand an unlikely young couple who desire only to love each other in peace. Of course, the beloved wild ponies of Chincoteague play a central role. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).