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Black Beauty

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

This unique tale is narrated by a lovely, gentle horse named Black Beauty and has remained a children's classic since it was first published in 1877. It earned eternal name and fame for its author Anna Sewell, an invalid who died within a few months of publication. According to current estimates, it has sold more than fifty million copies world wide, been translated into many languages and delighted generations of children.

The original title page reads: Black Beauty: Translated from the original Equine by Anna Sewell and this gives the reader an instant glimpse into what the book will be about. As an autobiography written by a horse and told from his point of view, it was indeed an original and unique concept for the time. Strangely enough, Anna Sewell never intended the book to be exclusively read by children. She meant it to be a manual for those who worked with horses so that they would develop more compassion and kindness when dealing with these mute beasts. While it apparently talks about animals, the book is a great source of education for human beings too and teaches them how to treat each other with respect, dignity and kindness.

The famous opening lines, “The first place I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow....” set the tone for the rest of the book. It traces the journey of the beautiful and noble horse, born in privileged circumstances whose life takes a turn for the tragic when her wealthy owner falls on hard times. Sold into a fashionable household, Beauty is ill-treated and uncared for till his health is finally broken. He is sold to a London cabbie and has to earn his keep pulling heavy carriages in all kinds of weather.

The treatment of animals, their welfare and the conditions in which they're kept, the often inhuman and cruel attitude of people and animal rights are some of the topics touched upon. It is a book that can be read on several levels. For child readers, it is a delightful tale told by an animal. Adults would recognize the essential humanitarian appeal made by the author. In fact, such was the impact of the book that it led to several landmark legislations regarding animal welfare in Britain and America.

Filled with memorable characters, vivid descriptions and poignant scenes, Black Beauty is indeed a fabulous book to settle in with for a pleasant read.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 9, 2015
Subject: Black beauty
Great book! Gets a little boring later on and some of the words are a little confusing but other than that this was a truly wonderful story
Reviewer: - July 22, 2015
Subject: Black beauty
I think this book is sad at first bu it gets better as it goes on.
Reviewer: - July 14, 2015
It is a awesome book I have listened and listened again but the end is so mysterious and it might be so sad and the ending so good it makes me cry every time
Reviewer: - July 13, 2015
Subject: I love this book
I think the book is awesome i like it
Reviewer: - April 22, 2015
Subject: great book
So much stuff im wondering what happens at the end
Reviewer: - February 4, 2015
Subject: black beauty
awwww, what a wonderful story! Great reader, also!
November 26, 2014
Subject: Black Beauty
great book
November 25, 2014
I loved the book, it was very exciting.
Reviewer: - September 11, 2014
I loved this story, and very well read.
July 23, 2014
Great story, and I think I could listen to this reader all day.

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