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Book Title: Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague|
The author of the book: Marguerite Henry
Edition: Rand McNally & Company
Date of issue: October 1st 1972
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Reader ratings: 6.9
ISBN 13: 9780528876875
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I sometimes wish that with regard to Marguerite Henry's Sea Star, I had not decided a few years ago to check online resources about the real-life happenings that precipitated this novel (as the ending, or rather as the actual and non-fiction ending of said events was not at all positive in outcome, a for me rather nasty shock that tends to even make me tear up a bit whenever I think of it, whenever I now reread the novel, although realistically, and as someone a bit familiar with horses and horse breeding, horse raising and care, I actually do know from first hand family experience just how difficult and at times even impossible successfully raising and caring for an orphaned foal can be).
But all the above having been said, and if I in fact just read Sea Star as a story, as a horse based novel for children, I absolutely and in every way do consider it not only a more than worthy sequel to Misty of Chincoteague, there are actually a number of parts and points of the presented plot, of the basic storyline of Sea Star that I in fact appreciate even somewhat more than Misty of Chincoteague (especially as an adult reader).
For example, while in Sea Star, Maureen is still being shown by Marguerite Henry as having rather more house based (read inside) chores to do than her brother Paul (and considering both the time and place of Sea Star, this is not all that unusual, and is in fact appreciated realism), I do much like, I do very much enjoy that for the most part, Maureen is actually never all that much overburdened with housework, is thus not expected to constantly be helping Grandma Beebe in the kitchen (and in Sea Star, Maureen is really only at the very beginning of the novel, responsible for the entire housework getting done, and that is only because Grandma Beebe is away for the day on important errands, and the house needs to be cleaned, the beds need to be made and supper prepared). And thus, while Maureen does indeed have somewhat more inside chores to perform than her brother, than Paul, there is at least in my opinion, never in any way a sense of Maureen being narratively criticised by the author for preferring to muck out horse stalls, for preferring to care for Grandpa Beebe's ponies than helping her grandmother clean house or cook meals (and also once again, and like in Misty of Chincoteague, the vast majority of misogyny, the vast majority of comments against or critical of "girls" come not from Grandpa and Grandma Beebe, come not from the Fire Chief, the movie executives etc., but from Paul Beebe, and with him, I again and still consider these jabs and verbal put-downs more a case of sibling squabbles, of sibling rivalry, of an older brother trying to feel and act superior to a younger sister, and with thankfully and appreciatively, Marguerite Henry also depicting, describing Maureen as increasingly verbally fighting back).
Now with regard to Misty being sold to the two movie producers (executives), I feel a bit like Paul and Maureen are described by the author as feeling, that instead of despising Mr. Van Meter and Mr. Jacobs, I rather do like them both on a personal level. But this general affection and regard notwithstanding, I still strongly do believe that the two men should absolutely have waited for Grandpa Beebe to show up before even considering discussing Misty and their plans to purchase her for a movie project, for as Grandpa Beebe so clearly points out, adults should not be "horse trading" with children (and although I do very much feel intensely proud of the fact that Paul and Maureen decide to sell Misty to Mr. Van Meter and Mr. Jacobs in order for their uncle to be able to attend college, I find it frustratingly saddening that this has even been necessary, that the children have to sell Misty in order to obtain the necessary tuition funds for Clarence Lee, that there are seemingly no scholarships, student loans or bursaries available for potential students with limited financial means).
And finally, while I certainly do understand and appreciate that both Paul and Maureen originally very much chafe at Gandpa Beebe's insistence that little Sea Star NOT be bottle fed, not be hand raised so to speak, I am very much glad that they heed their grandfather's dictum and also, concurrently, that Marguerite Henry also clearly and realistically shows and demonstrates to her readers exactly why, that she does not simply have Grandpa Beebe declare a categorical NO with regard to bottle feeding Sea Star without an adequate explanation (because it really and truly is majorly problematic and difficult to successfully raise, to successfully hand feed a foal with a bottle, and the scenario described by the grandfather of a hand reared, bottle fed foal becoming increasingly spoiled, unmanageable and even potentially dangerous as it ages, as it gets larger and more powerful is a realistic, a bona fide concern, which is why, for orphaned foals, or for foals where the mare does not produce sufficient milk, it is ALWAYS generally better if not necessary to find a suitable replacement, a nurse mare).
Four stars, brightly, shiningly glowing for Marguerite Henry's Sea Star, and even though the actual and true reality of the little orphaned foal which story the author used in her novel did not have an equally positive outcome, I do love love love especially the sweet and oh so gently evocative ending of Sea Star (with Paul and Maureen Beebe receiving both Sea Star and his "new" mother from Wilbur Wimbrow, two very special Chincoteague ponies, to take their minds off constanly missing Misty, until her movie shooting days end and she is able to return to the family).
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Read information about the authorMarguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books.
"It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower ... even in the new age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge." This quote was from an article about Henry published in the Washington Post on November 28, 1997, in response to a query about her drive to write about horses.
Marguerite Henry inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses. Author of over fifty children's stories, including the Misty of Chincoteague series, Henry's love of animals started during her childhood. Unfortunately, Henry was stricken with a rheumatic fever at the age of six, which kept her bedridden until the age of twelve. Born to Louis and Anna Breithaupt, the youngest of the five children, Henry was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Because of her illness, Henry wasn't allowed to go to school with other children because of her weak state and the fear of spreading the illness to others. While she was confined indoors, she discovered the joy of reading. Soon afterwards, she also discovered a love for writing when her father, a publisher, presented her with a writing desk for Christmas. On the top of stacks of colored paper her father wrote, “Dear Last of the Mohicans: Not a penny for your thoughts, but a tablet. Merry Christmas! Pappa Louis XXXX.”
Henry's first published work came at the age of eleven, a short story about a collie and a group of children, which she sold to a magazine for $12. Henry always wrote about animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and even mules, but chiefly her stories focused on horses.
In 1923, she married Sidney Crocker Henry. During their sixty-four years of marriage they didn't have children, but instead had many pets that inspired some of Marguerite’s stories. They lived in Wayne, Illinois.
In 1947, she published Misty of Chincoteague and it was an instant success. Later, this book—as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon—were made into movies.
She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997 at the age of 95.
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