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Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Dover Publications | May 4, 1993 | Trade Paperback

Black Beauty is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
Suspenseful, deeply moving account of a horse''s experiences at the hands of many owners, written as the animal''s autobiography, and revealing as much about human conduct and the social ills of the time as it does about the treatment of animals. The most celebrated animal story of the 19th century. Abridged.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: May 4, 1993

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486275701

ISBN - 13: 9780486275703

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart warming tale. I bought this after seeing the play "War Horse". I had read it when I was young but had really forgotten most of it. It is a great children's book and gives the treatment of horses, as much today as yesterday, from the horses viewpoint.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Told from the horse's POV 4.25 stars Black Beauty tells the story of a horse, from the horse's point of view, as he grows up and is sold from person to person. He is treated differently depending who is taking care of him, and is put to work doing different types of jobs. It is set (and was written) in the 19th century. I read this when I was a kid, but really didn't remember it. Animal-lover that I am, of course, I really enjoyed it. I always enjoy animal books even more when they are told from the point of view of the animal, as there is an attempt to understand how that animal would feel and how they would react to things and why they might react the way they do. I was actually thinking this would be a good book for people who work with horses.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trully Beautiful Of all the books I've read, my favourite will always be Black Beauty. I can pick up this book anytime and fall in love with it all over again. It takes you into Black Beautys world and paints such a beautiful story that it will touch your heart. Loved it and still loving it!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black Beauty Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" was her only published book, but it brought a great awareness to people about the abuse of animals. It was published in 1877 for people who worked with horses, but it has definitely been read by many others especially those who love horses. "Black Beauty" is not an easy book to read, it takes an effort at first to get into it. Once you get the mood of the book you tend to emphasize and grow fond of all the characters and the life of the horse Black Beauty becomes important to you, so you finish the book and as a result are greatly enriched with a better understanding of horses.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Black Beauty is one of the best books Ive ever read. It's exciting, and captivatingand it also has an interesting point of view! A MUST READ!!!
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make sure you have a handkerchief This is a wonderful story written from the perspective of Black Beauty himself. An insight into how animals were cruely treated in the 19th century. Get your kleenex out!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 'Ah, yes, a classic.' Ah, yes, a classic. I never knew how good this book really was, or how old. I've never figured out why, but every time I'd seen Black Beauty on the shelves of the library or book store, I'd always ignored it, even though it was a horse book (and I love horses). Perhaps it was because the cover was boring. Or maybe it was because I'd always liked the newer books. Well, one day I did pick it up...and I couldn't believe what I'd been missing. Every page I turned with excitement, excited to see what the next page held in store for me. This book is about Black Beauty, a young stallion who goes from home to home, being used as both a riding horse and a driving horse. The first book told from an animal's point of view, you will find out what horses really feel when their drivers use harsh ways of making them hold their heads high, and what they feel when they're running free in a pasture. For sure, you'll love this forever famous children's classic.
Date published: 2006-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Beauty Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, is an amazing book. It tells of the hardships and joys of a horses life. I would recommend this book to a minimum age of 12, as it is quite advanced reading for younger children.
Date published: 2005-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It rocks . If you love horses . You will love this book . It is a touching story about a horse . I loved it and I wasn't dissapointed . Please buy this book because half the book cost goes to horses that get abused .
Date published: 2002-05-03

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Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: May 4, 1993

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486275701

ISBN - 13: 9780486275703

About the Book

Beloved classic tells the moving story of a horse's experiences at the hands of many owners, revealing as much about human conduct and the social ills of the time as it does about the treatment of animals. Abridged.

From the Publisher

Suspenseful, deeply moving account of a horse''s experiences at the hands of many owners, written as the animal''s autobiography, and revealing as much about human conduct and the social ills of the time as it does about the treatment of animals. The most celebrated animal story of the 19th century. Abridged.

About the Author

Anna Sewell, March 30, 1820 - April 25, 1878 Anna Sewell was on March 30, 1820 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. She was raised a Quaker by her father a bank manager and her mother, a children's novelist. At the age of fourteen, Sewell hurt her knee during a fall and the injury never healed right. Even though she could not walk well, she could still ride horses and drive a horse drawn buggy. It was this form of freedom that sparked her concern for the welfare of horses. She wrote "Black Beauty" when she was in her fifties, but died a year after it was published in 1877. While she never earned much from the book while she was alive, after her death, the novel snowballed into a something extraordinary. The book was about the abuses horses sustained in their lifetimes, but was told from the unique viewpoint of the horse. Even though the book was intended for children, it impacted all generations and caused everyone who read it to take a look at the inhumane treatment horses received. In the one hundred plus years since "Black Beauty" had been published, over 30 million copies have been printed. At least eight motion pictures have been made based on the novel and it is a well known children's classic. Anna Sewell died on April 25, 1878 in Old Catton, Norfolk.

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A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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