Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 10N7.759635

Black Beauty begins with a young horse’s carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty’s life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding of horses.

While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, Black Beauty also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time.

This cloth-bound book includes a Victorian inspired dust-jacket, and is limited to 100 copies.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on October 28, 1976 by HarperCollins Distribution Services
ISBN-10: 0001840428
ISBN-13: 9780001840423
14 Book Reviews
  • iluvtodoroki16
    iluvtodoroki16Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9:06 am
    its great
    • annalovesbooks
      annalovesbooksFriday, October 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm55 stars
      good good goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood boooooook
      • payton1403
        payton1403Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:19 am
        The captivating classic, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, was the very first book ever written from a horse’s perspective. Created in the 1800 hundred’s, Black Beauty is still being read and cherished centuries beyond. The genre is realistic fiction, classic literature, and historical fiction (if you were to be reading it far past the day it was written). With clear writing and lots of action, Black Beauty is nothing under a 10/10. He was born as “Darkie”, on a small farm in England, in the country. After maturing, he received the name Black Beauty. His mother taught him how to please an owner and carry class. She never told him much about her, so later on, he regretted not knowing her well enough. For example, the book says that “...old Duchess was the mother of them both.” That meant that the horse killed in a hunting accident was a secret brother to Black Beauty and that Duchess kept it a secret from her son. Some of the main characters are Merrylegs, Ginger, and Duchess. Merrylegs is described the most as a “...grey horse with a thick body, and a favorite of the family.” Merrylegs is a very special character and influence to Black Beauty because when he losses his mom, he teaches him important life lessons. The whole structure if Black Beauty is a life that faces the hardest times, but keeps preserving to find his way back home. Also, a similar story from an animal's perspective is a Dog’s Purpose. That book is about a dog’s life journey and why the way he is. The type of person interested in this book would be someone with a passion for animals and a taste in adventure. This a very good book that doesn't just have words written of two hundred and something pages. It has meaning.
        • eem
          eemFriday, October 2, 2015 at 5:31 am55 stars
          I am now finished with this book and it was just awesome the way the author pulls you right in with details, and the author really shows you what a good book is.
          • angel23
            angel23Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm33 stars
            it is cool i got it for my birthday, it was on the 15 of june on monday. I turned 9.
            • horse4
              horse4Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:33 am55 stars
              I love the Black Beauty books. I collect them.
              • nerdybanana
                nerdybananaMonday, April 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm44 stars
                It was amazing! Its about a horse who travels to different owners as he learns valuble lessons about life. Some owners are good, some aren't. to find out more, read the book
                • catsrule
                  catsruleMonday, January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm55 stars
                  Its a really nice books and its well written. I love the Black beauty
                  • owlgirl1014
                    owlgirl1014Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm55 stars
                    This is a beautifully written book, heartwarming, exciting, and plain amazing. It is about a horse named Black Beauty who goes through many challenges and varied experiences with different owners. This book actually helped end a lot of animal mistreatment. As described in the book, back the people were sometimes pretty cruel to animals. I have read this children's classic over and over again.
                    • eli.Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:19 am
                      that good.