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"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. (Ages 9 to 12)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PreSchool-Grade 2—This shortened, simplified version of Sewell's classic retains the broad outline of the original but eliminates many key events and glosses over the horses' suffering. Some incidents are compressed in time while others, such as the stable fire, the death of a drunken rider, and Ginger's suffering and death, are eliminated. Beauty sometimes softens the accounts of hardship with the observation, "that was not so bad." Jeffers's illustrations are the most impressive part of the book; almost all of them appeared in Robin McKinley's longer adaptation (Random, 1986). Some illustrations have been recolored or altered slightly. The horses outshine the humans, revealing the artist's love for and skill in depicting the magnificent animals. Because the earlier book includes much more of Jeffers's work and offers a more complete version of Black Beauty's story, libraries with that version will certainly want to retain it. Consider this new work as needed to satisfy demands for horse stories for young listeners not ready for the harsh conditions depicted in Sewell's novel.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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I read this first eighty years ago, and again, forty years later. I don't dare read it now, or my broken heart would never heal.Published 5 days ago by Emily H. Leonard
(Probably would be considered NO VIOLENCE in today's world.) The time-tested story of a horse's life in the 18th. century. Beautiful and still heart-rending after all these years.Published 25 days ago by deb whis
I never tire of reading this novel. Not only is the storyline more interesting as told by a horse, but one gets a better understanding of the cruelties and pure love exhibited by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Marie Molloy
xcept from "Black Beauty" A Manly Talk You Will NOT See in a Modern Book:
"You are a very good man," said James. "I wish I may ever be like you. Read more
This was the first chapter book I ever read and It has remained a favorite of mine since then. This horse goes through many hands and many bad treatments until he his finally... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzie Glass
A beautiful story. I have read it at least once a decade for many decades.Published 2 months ago by Andy