Black Beauty

Paperback | May 4, 1993

byAnna Sewell

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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.

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

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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.

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:May 4, 1993Publisher: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 3 out of 5 by from Black Beauty Very moral story centered around horses and their ownership.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Black Beauty And Me This book had stared at me on my shelf for about a millennium or so. So while I ago I finally picked it up, knowing full well its reputation as a classic. It is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. This novel, published in 1877, and the only book by Sewell who passed away shortly after it came out, became an instant classic and beloved by children all over. It’s fame led to numerous adaptations to film and other media, which added to the legend. But more importantly, its depiction of the mistreatment of animals caused changes to laws, making life better for horses from then on. Black Beauty tells the tale from the point of view of a young horse, called of course Black Beauty, who starts life at a large estate, makes a few friends, and is reasonably well cared for at first. Soon Beauty falls prey to illness, but does recover fairly well. After, he is sent off from the estate and begins a merry go round over the years of various owners. Some are good and kind and take care of him, others not so much. The cab driver for instance, is a fine fellow, and we do miss him and his family terribly when they exist the story. We are meant to care about Black Beauty, and feel bad when humans treat him badly, either through ignorance or cruelty, and this is a point pounded home many many times over the course of the book. In fact, that and chunky nature of the chapters, kinda detracts from my overall enjoyment of this children’s novel. Sewell takes on a very heavy handed moralizing tone in Black Beauty, basically continually telling us about how a certain section of humanity are vicious or idiots and hence mistreat animals. This theme is smashed home on and on and on, and while I fully appreciate the message, it becomes a bit much after awhile. At times my senses felt like it was absorbing a textbook about horse care, with facts and information I will never need in real life. Because of this lecturey mode, the chapters often have a clunky feel, where the whole idea is simply to convey a massive whack of horse care tips. This disjointed nature was almost like Duddy Kravitz but I found it less annoying here. Maybe because this was the style of the time period it was written in, or maybe because it is a kids book and shorter sections were maybe thought required at the time. These two gripes of mine are minor really, since the primary audience of young people will not care a whit about my issues here. They will see a tale of a wonderful animal, the Black Beauty, and the various ups and downs he faces. And they will see a treatise on being nice and kind to all animals, which is a very good message to spread. Black Beauty might not be the best adult read, but for children it will stand the test, and impart important lessons.
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Black beauty I found it ok . I dident finesh it because i love horses and it was mean to black beauty , wouldent recoumend it for
Date published: 2015-02-28
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 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
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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