Hardcover | October 1, 2007


The illustrations for this series were created by Scott McKowen, who, with his wife Christina Poddubiuk, operates Punch & Judy Inc., a company specializing in design and illustration for theater and performing arts. Their projects often involve research into the visual aspects of historical settings and characters. Christina is a theater set and costume designer and contributed advice on the period clothing for the illustrations.

Scott created these drawings in scratchboard ­ an engraving medium which evokes the look of popular art from the period of these stories. Scratchboard is an illustration board with a specifically prepared surface of hard white chalk. A thin layer of black ink is rolled over the surface, and lines are drawn by hand with a sharp knife by scraping through the ink layer to expose the white surface underneath. The finished drawings are then scanned and the color is added digitally.

Every child loves a story about a horse, and Black Beauty remains one of the finest, most touching ever written. Set in Victorian London, the novel follows the shifting fortunes of a horse as he moves from owner to owner. Narrated by the noble Black Beauty himself, the tale offers an animal’s perspective of the world, and highlights the thoughtless, even cruel treatment animals endured during that period.
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 ...
Title:BLACK BEAUTYFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:SterlingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402714521

ISBN - 13:9781402714528


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 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