Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Book - 1989
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A Horse's Life! A horse's life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale by Anna Sewell. Told from a horse's point of view, Black Beauty's own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. From happy times as a young foal romping with his mother, Duchess, to harsh years as a cab horse in the city and finally to a peaceful old age, Black Beauty's life shows that horses have feelings too, and sometimes even know things people don't.
Publisher: New York : Baronet Books/Playmore, c1989.
ISBN: 9780866119535
Branch Call Number: PZ10.3.S38 Bl 1989
813 S516b
Characteristics: 232 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Laiken, Deidre S.


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Dec 16, 2017

My inner child was just as charmed reading 'Black Beauty' in my early 40s as I recall having been in my youth. Sewell gives such a genuine, honest voice to the noble creature that the reader is nearly convinced that the book is truly authored by a horse. The instances of inhumane treatment of animals are difficult to swallow, particularly when viewed through a modern lens, though as that was the author's purpose one must admit she was successful in her objective. I suspect few people were standing up to animal cruelty in 1877. The story holds up well, despite having been published 140 years ago, and remains a delightful read which had me teary-eyed at its conclusion.

Jul 16, 2017

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Sep 28, 2016

I loved this book so much! I love how it was from the point of view of Black Beauty himself. You can rarely find books like this one.

Jun 30, 2016

I loved this book because you can imagine the feelings of the horse and how many things it had to go through throughout his life.

Jun 01, 2016

This was the first book I got from the library and it instantly became my favorite book. I'm a strong horse lover (as you can tell from my user name) and this classic book was one of the best horse books that I've read. I LOVE IT!!! <3 <3 <3
For any age that wants to read it!! If you want to read a classic book read this one.

Dec 02, 2015

THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 14, 2014


Aug 14, 2014

It was AMAZING!!!!!! I loved the ending how Black Beauty had a good home and the writer didn't include the horse dying like some horse books do. I am So glad I read it. :)

Jun 04, 2014

I love most books about horses and this one is no exception, but the author definitely uses the book from an animal's perspective in a preachy sort of way. However, I recommend it. There's a lot of good stuff in it and it's really interesting to see what people's (and horses) lives were like back then.

crankylibrarian Apr 28, 2013

It's a bit pedantic, with no real plot; just a series of episodes in the life of one extremely unlucky horse. It's similar to Uncle Tom's Cabin: both were written by religious 19th century women to condemn a social ill. Both feature goodhearted, intelligent protagonists who refuse to hate or condemn their oppressors, but who suffer due to the cruelty and stupidity of their owners.Through Beauty's experiences, we see all the misery caused by poverty, alcohol, war, fashion, callousness and just plain stupidity. The human misery is intertwined with that of the animals, Sewell makes it clear that abused people tend to abuse animals, sometimes unwillingly. Lots of speeches about ignorance, alcohol, and the importance of a Sunday off.

Still there are a lot of good lessons. I like the juxtaposition of the good poor family and the good rich family; there are also stupid, mean poor people AND rich people, good children AND bad children. Sewell's point seems to be that though poor people may have a better excuse to treat their animals poorly, this is still a choice, and everyone is happier when they make an effort to be humane.

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Mar 13, 2012

summary great rea i strongly advise you to read this because its just amazing i tellyou !

lms May 09, 2008

"McKinley has managed to retain Beauty's unique voice. This version brings back the sharpened cruelty towards Beauty and his companions, and McKinley has rightfully retained the pain and the sadness of some of the incidents. Children will still weep at the death of Ginger, and Jeffer's portrayal of the fire is quite frightening." (Novelist Review)


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