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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 10N7.759635
A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness. Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails - in a gentle, 19th-century way - against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published on January 9, 2018 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0425289346
ISBN-13: 9780425289341
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  • 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.
      • 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.
                  • dlover
                    dloverTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:03 am55 stars
                    this is a great book to me because i'm obsses with horses
                    • shoutgunThursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:05 am
                      it tell about a horses life

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