Black Beauty by Anna SewellBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

byAnna SewellIllustratorFritz Eichenberg

Hardcover | January 17, 2002


A handsome horse with a glossy black coat and a pretty white star on his forehead, Black Beauty seems to lead a charmed life. Although his mother warns him that there are 'bad, cruel men' in the world, he begins his life in a happy home, with a friendly groom to look after him and plenty to eat. However, when a change of circumstances means that he is sold, he soon discovers the truth of his mother's words. Anna Sewell's moving story is one of the best-loved animal adventures ever written.
Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, on March 30, 1820. Brought up in a strict Quaker family, Anna developed a strong interest in horses as a young girl. But a crippling bone disease and a fall in 1834 left her an invalid for most of her life. By her mid-thirties she was severely lame and could only get around in a...
Title:Black BeautyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.75 × 1.06 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.75 × 1.06 inPublished:January 17, 2002Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0448409429

ISBN - 13:9780448409429


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A great classic story that all sorts of people can enjoy, but especially horse lovers.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this! honestly this book kind of reminds me of bambi somehow, but i loved it
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Classic The horse’s gentle perspective makes the cruelties feel that much more palpable and the kindnesses that much more heartwarming. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A bit slow in terms of story progression, but the book comes together beautifully.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for YA! I remember reading this book when I was a kid and decided to give it a go now that I'm a adult...still amazing...a classic.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A lovely classic read. Prepare to be left in tears!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eternal classic Great characterization of both people and horse.this is a great book to introduce children to good literature rather than a lot of the crap that is written today. this book can get kids started on choosing quality books to read as they gain access to the exciting world of literature.
Date published: 2017-01-01
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 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 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

Read from the Book

My Early HomeThe first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master's house, which stood by the roadside. At the top of the meadow was a plantation of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank.While I was young I lived upon my mother's milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the plantation.As soon as I was old enough to eat grass, my mother used to go out to work in the daytime and come back in the evening.There were six young colts in the meadow besides me. They were older than I was; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses. I used to run with them, and had great fun; we used to gallop all together round and round the field, as hard as we could go. Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.One day, when there was a good deal of kicking, my mother whinnied to me to come to her, and then she said:"I wish you to pay attention to what I am going to say to you. The colts who live here are very good colts, but they are carthorse colts and, of course, they have not learned manners. You have been well bred and well born; your father has a great name in these parts, and your grandfather won the cup two years at the Newmarket races. Your grandmother had the sweetest temper of any horse I ever knew, and I think you have never seen me kick or bite. I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."I have never forgotten my mother's advice. I knew she was a wise old horse, and our master thought a great deal of her. Her name was Duchess, but he often called her Pet.Our master was a good, kind man. He gave us good food, good lodging, and kind words; he spoke as kindly to us as he did to his little children. We were all fond of him, and my mother loved him very much. When she saw him at the gate, she would neigh with joy, and trot up to him. He would pat and stroke her and say, "Well, old Pet, and how is your little Darkie?" I was a dull black, so he called me Darkie, then he would give me a piece of bread, which was very good, and sometimes he brought a carrot for my mother. All the horses would come to him, but I think we were his favorites. My mother always took him to the town on a market day in a light gig.There was a plowboy, Dick, who sometimes came into our field to pluck blackberries from the hedge. When he had eaten all he wanted, he would have what he called fun with the colts, throwing stones and sticks at them to make them gallop. We did not much mind him, for we could gallop off, but sometimes a stone would hit and hurt us.One day he was at this game and did not know that the master was in the next field, but he was there, watching what was going on. Over the hedge he jumped in a snap, and catching Dick by the arm, he gave him such a box on the ear as made him roar with the pain and surprise. As soon as we saw the master, we trotted up nearer to see what went on."Bad boy!" he said. "Bad boy to chase the colts! This is not the first time, nor the second, but it shall be the last. There--take your money and go home. I shall not want you on my farm again." So we never saw Dick anymore. Old Daniel, the man who looked after the horses, was just as gentle as our master, so we were well off. CHAPTER 2The HuntI was two years old when a circumstance happened which I have never forgotten. It was early in the spring; there had been a little frost in the night, and a light mist still hung over the plantations and meadows. I and the other colts were feeding at the lower part of the field when we heard, quite in the distance, what sounded like the cry of dogs. The oldest of the colts raised his head, pricked his ears, and said, "There are the hounds!" and immediately cantered off, followed by the rest of us to the upper part of the field, where we could look over the hedge and see several fields beyond. My mother and an old riding horse of our master's were also standing near, and seemed to know all about it."They have found a hare," said my mother, "and if they come this way we shall see the hunt."And soon the dogs were all tearing down the field of young wheat next to ours. I never heard such a noise as they made. They did not bark, nor howl, nor whine, but kept on a "yo! yo, o, o! yo! yo, o, o!" at the top of their voices. After them came a number of men on horseback, some of them in green coats, all galloping as fast as they could. The old horse snorted and looked eagerly after them, and we young colts wanted to be galloping with them, but they were soon away into the fields lower down. Here it seemed as if they had come to a stand; the dogs left off barking and ran about every way with their noses to the ground.

From Our Editors

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