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Probably the most popular horse story of all time, Black Beauty tells the story of one horse's long and varied life. On the one hand, a fully engaging novel and on the other hand, a strong statement against animal maltreatment. Anna Sewell's classic novel has enthralled readers since it was first published in 1877.
Published: Aladdin on Mar 27, 2012
ISBN: 9781442457973
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Black Beauty is a great book about a horse. This story starts when he is a foal and goes through his ups and downs of his life as a horse. I love horses and I love this book. I could read this book over and over. Even though you probably would not think about how long a horse lives and what kind of life one would have and this story is all about that.I would really like to read this book to my students. I think they would really like it. I would love to do a unit over horses and read other horse books. I could have them write a little story about a horse or have them draw horse.read more
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I've owned this illustrated, unabridged version since I was a child. It has a wonderful, old smell. In browsing through it today, I noticed that part of page 5, chapter 2, is torn off, so it's missing some of the text. This is not the cover of my book; I couldn't find my cover, which is Beauty's head with a bridle on.read more
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Black Beauty is written from the perspective of a horse, a first person autobiographical narrative; from Beauty as a foal on an English farm, to a hard life at work in London, to retirement in the country. Each short chapter tells a story of an event that contains a lesson about how to treat horses. Allegorically, the lessons are easily applied to treating other people as well, the book has been a popular teaching aid in schools to this day.This is truely a gift for the impressionable reader, perhaps 7-14 age range. As an adult it was a heart-warming reminder, food for the soul, told with beautiful finess and a soft touch. The author Anna Sewell, a Quaker, her life story is as touching as the fictional horse she wrote about. She was an invalid as a young girl and could not walk, living with her mother (a famous author in her own right). Anna never married or had children. She only wrote this one book, writing on scraps of paper passed to her mother while she lay on the living room couch as her health declined, living just long enough to see its initial success.read more
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I can remember this book as a child, and watching the tv program. (The theme tune always made me cry!) This is a charming book charting the story of a horse throughout his life.read more
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I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. I have found that I can't really trust my childhood memories. In this case, however, the years made no difference. The odd thing I noticed while reading this book was how completely I'd internalized the messages regarding animals and how one should treat them. I know that I must have read this 20 or 30 times before I was 14, but I didn't realize that I was memorizing whole chunks of it and grafting it into my moral code. It's a wonderful book.read more
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Four out of ten.

Black Beauty is the story of a spirited horse - a beautiful coal black stallion with a brilliant white star on his forehead. Follow Black Beauty's adventures from the peaceful green meadows of his youth to the cold, bitter streets of nineteenth-century London.

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This book sends a message to readers about the importance of treating animals kindly and the rewards that can be received in return. Anna Sewell understands animals and their needs so well which is why she did such a good job writing from the perspective of Black Beauty. Not only is there an important message to the story but the story itself is good and I didn't know much about horses before reading this, so I learned something. I recommend this story to both children and adults.read more
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an undated edition given me by my grandparents on my birthday in1957. I suspect that I never read it, because I just did so and did not remember anything. The autobiography of a horse, interesting for the social commentary and especially the life of London cabbies.read more
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Black Beauty, a horse, tells about his life beginning as a young colt in the English countryside. Each chapter teaches a moral lesson on topics such as kindness, sympathy, and understanding, all related to the treatment of horses. Black Beauty describes his hard life pulling cabs in London as well as the end of his life and retiring in the country. Although this is a children's novel, the book inspired other works about the cruel treatment of horses and other animals. This is a sad, yet sweet story about the hard life of a horse. I would recommend it to others. It is a true classic and will continue to be loved by generations to come, making us aware that animals have thoughts and feelings too. Children who love animals, especially horses should read this book.read more
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Black Beauty is a biography told by a horse in first person. He starts out telling about is early years living in a meadow with his mother and how happy they were, but eventually had to be sold to work. He went to a very good owner, and good coachman who knew just how to care for all the needs of a horse. Here he was happy to work and was treated very well. His mistress became ill and they had to move and sell the horses. This time he came to a house where they used the bearing rein (which is evidentally a very painful rein used to hold the horses head high, for no other reason than fashion.) One of the caretakers at this house was an alcoholic and when the owners were out of town he was left responsible for black beauty and knowing rode him with a loose nail in his shoe and at full pace until he collapsed with a broken foot and beat up his knees, the man was thrown and died. The owner sold the horse because his knees ruined his appearance and that was not the fashion. He was sold to a man who had carriages and horses for rent, here he was treated very badly by people who rented the carriages and did not know how to properly drive horses. He was then bought by a nice gentleman who's groomers stole food from the horse and did not properly care for his stall so his feet got very sick with flush. He was then purchased by a cabby in London who worked him but also cared very much for him and treated him very well. He was there for several years and was happy, but his owner became sick and the family had to move away, so once again he was to be sold to a baker who's foreman drove him too hard with overloaded carts, that was very hard on his body. He was sold again to a man who owned several cabs and the drivers drove him as hard as they could until he eventually collapsed from lack of strength. He survived and was sold at a horse market to an elderly gentlemen and his grandson who nursed him back to health for a year and then found him a good home that they knew would take good care of him. Three ladies who needed a horse for small errands and would treat him very well and their coachmen who recognized the horse. He was the young stable boy in his first working house and who knew how well a horse should be treated. They promised to keep him forever and Black Beauty was finally happy once again.read more
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It was OK . I found it really hard to understand sometimes. I finally gave up and watched the movie. It's a sweet story but it has too many details.read more
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I liked it. Some parts were sad, such as the part when Ginger and Black Beauty had the bearing reins. It also had happy parts, such as when Black Beauty was broken in and sold to Squire Gordon. I liked the book very much. -Naomi Fotenos (age 7), March 6, 2010.read more
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This classic children's book narrated by the horse Black Beauty holds up well over time. This book should delight both children and adults. It tells the story of his life through good and bad times. The author of the book was a Quaker woman, and she was definitely trying to teach good moral values to children, but coming from the horse of a mouth, it doesn't seem quite as didactic as some moralistic tales. There are a lot of good pointers about good horsemanship in the book as well. These tend to be a bit preachier than the moral lessons. I enjoyed the story of Black Beauty as a child, but I think I appreciated the story much more as an adult.read more
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Black Beauty is a horse. His first owner was not cruel to him so he felt more comfortable than any others because he had many terrible experiences.I don't always see horses, I have seen it once when I was eight years old and I rode it. He is more kind to me than I expected. I want to ride it again someday.read more
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I absolutely loved this story as a kid and to this day I carry it close. This is a wonderful book for children: it shows them the world through the eyse of a gentle and loyal horse and illustrates how animals should be treated with the kindness and love they deserve. I would recommend this book for any child of seven or upwards.read more
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This is the first book I remember reading and it started my voracious appetite for books.I still have my copy, tho it's old and fragile. I picked up a copy from the library to re-read and to use to write my paper on the first book I remember reading. Talk about your easy assignments!Surfing for a pic of the cover I have, I found out that the book was part of a Folgers coffee give away. My grandparents used Folgers and so I have to assume that's where I got it. Life is full of weird little twists!read more
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A little preachy at times, but for a good cause: the cruelty directed at and on animals in 1800s England was rampant, and this book brought the untold story of life through the eyes of a horse to the general public. A child/juvenile book on one level, it is also for adults, and a good read and reread.read more
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Since pictures & illustrations are as much a part of a child's imagination as the written word, then this book beautifully combines both, with the abundant B&W line illustrations by illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch, in addition to the 12 colour plates included; all in keeping with the time period this novel is set in. A wonderful edition to any child's library.I've been reading horse-topic related books for as long as I can remember; but the very first horse story that left an indelible impression on me was ANNA SEWELL's "BLACK BEAUTY."It really openend my eyes to the abuse and cruelty, and majestic fraility that these wonderful creatures suffer at the hands of their human counterparts. Ms Sewell opted to write this book from "the horse's mouth" so to speak, and she was one of the very few authors that was able to pull this off with great success. This book also laid the cornerstone for the ASPCA aims and goals, and brought to light the conditions and treatment of working horses in 20th century London, England (and elsewhere ). The story is told of a horse's life; from start to finish; told with dignity and warmth, and serves as a successful analogy as to how humans should interact with one another. This book also laid the cornerstone for my interest and love of all things equine, and further fed my hunger to acquire as many horse books as an 11 year old could. From there, and I went on to read all of Walter Farley's "The Black Stallion" series (at one time, I owned all the hardcover editions), the Marguerite Henry books, and Enid Bagnold's "National Velvet"(which really wasn't about a horse per se), and anything else I could get my horse-hungry hands on! I now keep a copy of Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" in my library at home, and have given a copy to my daughter to read. This is a tale that sensitizes the reader to the plight of horses at the hands of their human caregivers, trainers, breeders, riders, etc - all told from the horse's mouth.And lest we think the inhumane treatment of horses has abided since this book was written - one only has to follow the controversy surrounding the use of "Premarin", or the questionable training methods of gaited horses, or the exploitation of horses in the Thoroughbred racing industry, or the many abuses of rodeo, etc.There is much to be gleaned about the exploitation and abuse of animals from this book. All in all, this book will always remain a timeless classic.read more
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have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were a horse? If so, you will probably enjoy reading "Black Beauty." Black Beauty focuses on one horse, starting from when he was just a foal, to a grown horse. You will discover the joys of a friendly owner, and the pains of having a mean one. Black Beauty is trained to be a horse that drives carriages, however, he also knows how to give someone a wonderful ride. Black Beauty is a kind horse, wanting to please his owner, he always dose what is asked, until he breaks down and just cant do the task anymore. He makes friends with a horse that is not the friendlies, and shows her that she dose not have to be so crabby. He gets sold to many different owners, mean ones and friendly ones alike. At the end of the story, Black Beauty finds a home that he can trust, with a group of ladies. "Black Beauty" is an eye opening story, which was also made into a video as well, that will leave you start looking from the horses point of view. It is a wonderful story for both someone who has her/his own horse, or someone that dose not.read more
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This book really tugs at the heart if you are an animal lover, especially a horse lover. There were a few times where I teared up in the book and wished I could of jumped right into the situation that Black Beauty was in. This book is for an older aged audience ( 7th grade +). I would greatly recommend this book because it provides many moral dilemmas and triumph and the story is quite amazing.read more
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This book possesses the rare quality of having a writing style that draws the reader in continuously. Sewell's ability to take the point of view of her equine characters and to describe their experiences in knowing detail is marvelous. The book suffers from an overly preachy tone at times, as there is only so much variety a horse can experience and thus the same types of scenarios seem to be gone over more than once. In places Sewell's Quaker faith is evident, as when she describes Old Captain's ambivalent feelings about war. In others, the debates on Christian morality that come before her characters are more likely to clash with some Christian readers' views. In particular, I did not follow the logic between successive chapters in which a character first refuses an entreaty to take work on a Sunday in order to drive a woman who is no longer able to walk to church, and then later accedes to his wife's request that he take another woman unable to walk the distance to go visit a dying relative on a Sunday. These episodes may find root in Sewell's own loss of mobility in life, but regardless, her theology is a bit questionable. She also seems to make no apologies for the character of Ginger "standing up for herself" through bad behaviour when mistreated, and allows the character to go on and on about how much better behaved she'd be if only others had treated her well. This novel thus strikes me as interesting and unusual in that it moves the reader to compassion for animal characters by endowing them with human-like emotional and mental capacities, but does not seem to hold them to the same moral standards of accountability or agency. The horses, thus, do not necessarily display in themselves a clear moral goal to which the young readers are expected to aspire. This does not make the book a bad one, but rather a more complex and interesting one, and while it is not a work I would give to young readers as a straightforward depiction of social equity and the obligations of man, it is definitely one worth leading young readers through with a critical, evaluative eye. A set of discussion questions and project ideas at the end of the Aladdin edition of this book may also help parents and teachers with this aim.read more
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This is one of my favorite books and has been since I was young. I have read it over and over. You are quickly absorbed into the story and I love how it makes you think about the way you treat both the people and animals you meet in your life.read more
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"A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century way--against animal maltreatment. Readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.read more
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One of the most beautiful stories of all time. Black Beuaty's journey is one that will touch the hardest heart.read more
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This eyewitness book tells a shortened version of the story of Black Beauty, while explaining a lot of horse history. The margins are loaded with information about horse care and how it relates to the story. The story is also brought to life with illustrations. This is a great introduction or companion to the novel, and also of interest to young horse enthusiasts.read more
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A classic story about a horse called Black Beauty and the hardships he had to face throughout his life until he finally came to rest at a good home with old friends. This is a story that can help teach compassion for animals as you get to live the story through the thoughts of the horse.read more
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An outstanding book slightly marred by some remarks about God's goodness and plans. Much of the abuse described in the book still goes on today. Making the horse the narrator of events was a remarkable literary innovation at the time. The book avoids the sentimentality of a good deal of Kipling's animal-as-narrator stories.It's also quite interesting in the way it describes the legalities surrounding ownership of horses.read more
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Ah, what a tear-jerker! In these days of PETA and humane societies, it's hard to remember that at one time books like this and Beautiful Joe were an important part of a social movement to treat animals more kindly. We might even think this too graphic for children now.read more
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This book was in a word lovely. I think it's written in an engaging manner for anyone from upper elementary on. It's not difficult to follow. Although there is a lot of horse jargon , it is well explained by the narrating horse.Pros-beautiful writinganimal theme classic literature (stood the test of time)Short and medium level readCons-Formal languagevery moral, maybe preachy to someread more
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Lovely but somewhat melodramatic. Unfortunately I have read this classic too late (I am a grown up now). I would have loved this when I was 9. Sometimes it made me very very sad (Ginger made me sad). Keep your hankies ready (not joking).Sadly there are still a lot of "black beauties" these days.read more
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Black Beauty is a great book about a horse. This story starts when he is a foal and goes through his ups and downs of his life as a horse. I love horses and I love this book. I could read this book over and over. Even though you probably would not think about how long a horse lives and what kind of life one would have and this story is all about that.I would really like to read this book to my students. I think they would really like it. I would love to do a unit over horses and read other horse books. I could have them write a little story about a horse or have them draw horse.
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I've owned this illustrated, unabridged version since I was a child. It has a wonderful, old smell. In browsing through it today, I noticed that part of page 5, chapter 2, is torn off, so it's missing some of the text. This is not the cover of my book; I couldn't find my cover, which is Beauty's head with a bridle on.
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Black Beauty is written from the perspective of a horse, a first person autobiographical narrative; from Beauty as a foal on an English farm, to a hard life at work in London, to retirement in the country. Each short chapter tells a story of an event that contains a lesson about how to treat horses. Allegorically, the lessons are easily applied to treating other people as well, the book has been a popular teaching aid in schools to this day.This is truely a gift for the impressionable reader, perhaps 7-14 age range. As an adult it was a heart-warming reminder, food for the soul, told with beautiful finess and a soft touch. The author Anna Sewell, a Quaker, her life story is as touching as the fictional horse she wrote about. She was an invalid as a young girl and could not walk, living with her mother (a famous author in her own right). Anna never married or had children. She only wrote this one book, writing on scraps of paper passed to her mother while she lay on the living room couch as her health declined, living just long enough to see its initial success.
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I can remember this book as a child, and watching the tv program. (The theme tune always made me cry!) This is a charming book charting the story of a horse throughout his life.
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I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. I have found that I can't really trust my childhood memories. In this case, however, the years made no difference. The odd thing I noticed while reading this book was how completely I'd internalized the messages regarding animals and how one should treat them. I know that I must have read this 20 or 30 times before I was 14, but I didn't realize that I was memorizing whole chunks of it and grafting it into my moral code. It's a wonderful book.
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Four out of ten.

Black Beauty is the story of a spirited horse - a beautiful coal black stallion with a brilliant white star on his forehead. Follow Black Beauty's adventures from the peaceful green meadows of his youth to the cold, bitter streets of nineteenth-century London.

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This book sends a message to readers about the importance of treating animals kindly and the rewards that can be received in return. Anna Sewell understands animals and their needs so well which is why she did such a good job writing from the perspective of Black Beauty. Not only is there an important message to the story but the story itself is good and I didn't know much about horses before reading this, so I learned something. I recommend this story to both children and adults.
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an undated edition given me by my grandparents on my birthday in1957. I suspect that I never read it, because I just did so and did not remember anything. The autobiography of a horse, interesting for the social commentary and especially the life of London cabbies.
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Black Beauty, a horse, tells about his life beginning as a young colt in the English countryside. Each chapter teaches a moral lesson on topics such as kindness, sympathy, and understanding, all related to the treatment of horses. Black Beauty describes his hard life pulling cabs in London as well as the end of his life and retiring in the country. Although this is a children's novel, the book inspired other works about the cruel treatment of horses and other animals. This is a sad, yet sweet story about the hard life of a horse. I would recommend it to others. It is a true classic and will continue to be loved by generations to come, making us aware that animals have thoughts and feelings too. Children who love animals, especially horses should read this book.
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Black Beauty is a biography told by a horse in first person. He starts out telling about is early years living in a meadow with his mother and how happy they were, but eventually had to be sold to work. He went to a very good owner, and good coachman who knew just how to care for all the needs of a horse. Here he was happy to work and was treated very well. His mistress became ill and they had to move and sell the horses. This time he came to a house where they used the bearing rein (which is evidentally a very painful rein used to hold the horses head high, for no other reason than fashion.) One of the caretakers at this house was an alcoholic and when the owners were out of town he was left responsible for black beauty and knowing rode him with a loose nail in his shoe and at full pace until he collapsed with a broken foot and beat up his knees, the man was thrown and died. The owner sold the horse because his knees ruined his appearance and that was not the fashion. He was sold to a man who had carriages and horses for rent, here he was treated very badly by people who rented the carriages and did not know how to properly drive horses. He was then bought by a nice gentleman who's groomers stole food from the horse and did not properly care for his stall so his feet got very sick with flush. He was then purchased by a cabby in London who worked him but also cared very much for him and treated him very well. He was there for several years and was happy, but his owner became sick and the family had to move away, so once again he was to be sold to a baker who's foreman drove him too hard with overloaded carts, that was very hard on his body. He was sold again to a man who owned several cabs and the drivers drove him as hard as they could until he eventually collapsed from lack of strength. He survived and was sold at a horse market to an elderly gentlemen and his grandson who nursed him back to health for a year and then found him a good home that they knew would take good care of him. Three ladies who needed a horse for small errands and would treat him very well and their coachmen who recognized the horse. He was the young stable boy in his first working house and who knew how well a horse should be treated. They promised to keep him forever and Black Beauty was finally happy once again.
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It was OK . I found it really hard to understand sometimes. I finally gave up and watched the movie. It's a sweet story but it has too many details.
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I liked it. Some parts were sad, such as the part when Ginger and Black Beauty had the bearing reins. It also had happy parts, such as when Black Beauty was broken in and sold to Squire Gordon. I liked the book very much. -Naomi Fotenos (age 7), March 6, 2010.
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This classic children's book narrated by the horse Black Beauty holds up well over time. This book should delight both children and adults. It tells the story of his life through good and bad times. The author of the book was a Quaker woman, and she was definitely trying to teach good moral values to children, but coming from the horse of a mouth, it doesn't seem quite as didactic as some moralistic tales. There are a lot of good pointers about good horsemanship in the book as well. These tend to be a bit preachier than the moral lessons. I enjoyed the story of Black Beauty as a child, but I think I appreciated the story much more as an adult.
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Black Beauty is a horse. His first owner was not cruel to him so he felt more comfortable than any others because he had many terrible experiences.I don't always see horses, I have seen it once when I was eight years old and I rode it. He is more kind to me than I expected. I want to ride it again someday.
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I absolutely loved this story as a kid and to this day I carry it close. This is a wonderful book for children: it shows them the world through the eyse of a gentle and loyal horse and illustrates how animals should be treated with the kindness and love they deserve. I would recommend this book for any child of seven or upwards.
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This is the first book I remember reading and it started my voracious appetite for books.I still have my copy, tho it's old and fragile. I picked up a copy from the library to re-read and to use to write my paper on the first book I remember reading. Talk about your easy assignments!Surfing for a pic of the cover I have, I found out that the book was part of a Folgers coffee give away. My grandparents used Folgers and so I have to assume that's where I got it. Life is full of weird little twists!
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A little preachy at times, but for a good cause: the cruelty directed at and on animals in 1800s England was rampant, and this book brought the untold story of life through the eyes of a horse to the general public. A child/juvenile book on one level, it is also for adults, and a good read and reread.
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Since pictures & illustrations are as much a part of a child's imagination as the written word, then this book beautifully combines both, with the abundant B&W line illustrations by illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch, in addition to the 12 colour plates included; all in keeping with the time period this novel is set in. A wonderful edition to any child's library.I've been reading horse-topic related books for as long as I can remember; but the very first horse story that left an indelible impression on me was ANNA SEWELL's "BLACK BEAUTY."It really openend my eyes to the abuse and cruelty, and majestic fraility that these wonderful creatures suffer at the hands of their human counterparts. Ms Sewell opted to write this book from "the horse's mouth" so to speak, and she was one of the very few authors that was able to pull this off with great success. This book also laid the cornerstone for the ASPCA aims and goals, and brought to light the conditions and treatment of working horses in 20th century London, England (and elsewhere ). The story is told of a horse's life; from start to finish; told with dignity and warmth, and serves as a successful analogy as to how humans should interact with one another. This book also laid the cornerstone for my interest and love of all things equine, and further fed my hunger to acquire as many horse books as an 11 year old could. From there, and I went on to read all of Walter Farley's "The Black Stallion" series (at one time, I owned all the hardcover editions), the Marguerite Henry books, and Enid Bagnold's "National Velvet"(which really wasn't about a horse per se), and anything else I could get my horse-hungry hands on! I now keep a copy of Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" in my library at home, and have given a copy to my daughter to read. This is a tale that sensitizes the reader to the plight of horses at the hands of their human caregivers, trainers, breeders, riders, etc - all told from the horse's mouth.And lest we think the inhumane treatment of horses has abided since this book was written - one only has to follow the controversy surrounding the use of "Premarin", or the questionable training methods of gaited horses, or the exploitation of horses in the Thoroughbred racing industry, or the many abuses of rodeo, etc.There is much to be gleaned about the exploitation and abuse of animals from this book. All in all, this book will always remain a timeless classic.
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have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were a horse? If so, you will probably enjoy reading "Black Beauty." Black Beauty focuses on one horse, starting from when he was just a foal, to a grown horse. You will discover the joys of a friendly owner, and the pains of having a mean one. Black Beauty is trained to be a horse that drives carriages, however, he also knows how to give someone a wonderful ride. Black Beauty is a kind horse, wanting to please his owner, he always dose what is asked, until he breaks down and just cant do the task anymore. He makes friends with a horse that is not the friendlies, and shows her that she dose not have to be so crabby. He gets sold to many different owners, mean ones and friendly ones alike. At the end of the story, Black Beauty finds a home that he can trust, with a group of ladies. "Black Beauty" is an eye opening story, which was also made into a video as well, that will leave you start looking from the horses point of view. It is a wonderful story for both someone who has her/his own horse, or someone that dose not.
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This book really tugs at the heart if you are an animal lover, especially a horse lover. There were a few times where I teared up in the book and wished I could of jumped right into the situation that Black Beauty was in. This book is for an older aged audience ( 7th grade +). I would greatly recommend this book because it provides many moral dilemmas and triumph and the story is quite amazing.
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This book possesses the rare quality of having a writing style that draws the reader in continuously. Sewell's ability to take the point of view of her equine characters and to describe their experiences in knowing detail is marvelous. The book suffers from an overly preachy tone at times, as there is only so much variety a horse can experience and thus the same types of scenarios seem to be gone over more than once. In places Sewell's Quaker faith is evident, as when she describes Old Captain's ambivalent feelings about war. In others, the debates on Christian morality that come before her characters are more likely to clash with some Christian readers' views. In particular, I did not follow the logic between successive chapters in which a character first refuses an entreaty to take work on a Sunday in order to drive a woman who is no longer able to walk to church, and then later accedes to his wife's request that he take another woman unable to walk the distance to go visit a dying relative on a Sunday. These episodes may find root in Sewell's own loss of mobility in life, but regardless, her theology is a bit questionable. She also seems to make no apologies for the character of Ginger "standing up for herself" through bad behaviour when mistreated, and allows the character to go on and on about how much better behaved she'd be if only others had treated her well. This novel thus strikes me as interesting and unusual in that it moves the reader to compassion for animal characters by endowing them with human-like emotional and mental capacities, but does not seem to hold them to the same moral standards of accountability or agency. The horses, thus, do not necessarily display in themselves a clear moral goal to which the young readers are expected to aspire. This does not make the book a bad one, but rather a more complex and interesting one, and while it is not a work I would give to young readers as a straightforward depiction of social equity and the obligations of man, it is definitely one worth leading young readers through with a critical, evaluative eye. A set of discussion questions and project ideas at the end of the Aladdin edition of this book may also help parents and teachers with this aim.
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This is one of my favorite books and has been since I was young. I have read it over and over. You are quickly absorbed into the story and I love how it makes you think about the way you treat both the people and animals you meet in your life.
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"A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century way--against animal maltreatment. Readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.
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One of the most beautiful stories of all time. Black Beuaty's journey is one that will touch the hardest heart.
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This eyewitness book tells a shortened version of the story of Black Beauty, while explaining a lot of horse history. The margins are loaded with information about horse care and how it relates to the story. The story is also brought to life with illustrations. This is a great introduction or companion to the novel, and also of interest to young horse enthusiasts.
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A classic story about a horse called Black Beauty and the hardships he had to face throughout his life until he finally came to rest at a good home with old friends. This is a story that can help teach compassion for animals as you get to live the story through the thoughts of the horse.
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An outstanding book slightly marred by some remarks about God's goodness and plans. Much of the abuse described in the book still goes on today. Making the horse the narrator of events was a remarkable literary innovation at the time. The book avoids the sentimentality of a good deal of Kipling's animal-as-narrator stories.It's also quite interesting in the way it describes the legalities surrounding ownership of horses.
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Ah, what a tear-jerker! In these days of PETA and humane societies, it's hard to remember that at one time books like this and Beautiful Joe were an important part of a social movement to treat animals more kindly. We might even think this too graphic for children now.
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This book was in a word lovely. I think it's written in an engaging manner for anyone from upper elementary on. It's not difficult to follow. Although there is a lot of horse jargon , it is well explained by the narrating horse.Pros-beautiful writinganimal theme classic literature (stood the test of time)Short and medium level readCons-Formal languagevery moral, maybe preachy to some
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Lovely but somewhat melodramatic. Unfortunately I have read this classic too late (I am a grown up now). I would have loved this when I was 9. Sometimes it made me very very sad (Ginger made me sad). Keep your hankies ready (not joking).Sadly there are still a lot of "black beauties" these days.
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