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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 - 28 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 26, 2016
Subject: May 26 2016
Amazing this book is extraordinary beautiful!
Reviewer: - November 5, 2015
I love this book, amazing work by Anna. I would read this book over and over again
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.
June 11, 2014
Great book and reader.
Reviewer: - May 13, 2014
Wow i love this book so much i would read it over and over again.
March 26, 2014
great book
Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
Subject: Accent
It would be more interesting if this audio book were recorded by either an American or Australian: these accents sound like music to my ear. :)
November 14, 2013
A nice book.
Reviewer: - October 15, 2013
Great book and reader!
Reviewer: - August 8, 2013
Subject: black beauty
A wonderful book, it should be read by everyone.
Reviewer: - July 30, 2013
Subject: Black Beauty review
I love Black Beauty. I've got three horses I called after the three in the book - and I love them to bits. I'd never think of parting with them. My chestnut mare, Ginger, recently had colic and I nearly lost her. Thank God she didn't die. She's only three and I love her to bits - I had to call the vet to her. A must read for all who love horses.
Reviewer: - July 27, 2013
This book has been my favorite since I was able to read: 3 years old. I've always loved horses and I ride them quite a lot and this book has taken all the good things about horse riding and caring for animals and originality and put it all in this book! A toast to Anna Sewell! You should definitely read this amazing book!
Reviewer: - April 1, 2013
This book is the best book I have ever read!!!!!
Reviewer: - March 23, 2013
I have read Black Beauty since I was in the first grade. It is always changing. It's like a new adventure every time. It never gets boring. I recommend it for ALL ages.
Reviewer: - March 5, 2013
Subject: All of it was good
I think it was a great book it had really good detail.
Reviewer: - February 5, 2013
Subject: Recommended for all ages
A timeless piece about kindness. Great reader.
Reviewer: - January 18, 2013
Subject: Good
I think it`s the best animal fiction!
January 3, 2013
Subject: Delightful
This was a great story and the reader was so sweet sounding I hope she does more readings some day.
November 15, 2012
Subject: Lovely
Lovely book read in a lovely voice. Short and sweet. Recommended!

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