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Black Beauty (Puffin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Anna Sewell , Meg Rosoff
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A majestic horse endures mistreatment and neglect before being reunited with his friends.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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)

From Publishers Weekly

In this abridgement of Sewell's classic story, McKinley has managed nicely to retain Beauty's unique voice as well as the most-remembered stories, while making the text more accessible to younger readers. Jeffers's fine ink illustrations will satisfy even the most demanding of horse-lovers with her ability to capture each horse's personality. This version brings back the sharpness of the cruelty towards Beauty and his companions, and McKinley has rightfully retained the pain and the ugliness of some of the incidents. Children will still weep at the death of Ginger, and Jeffers's portrayal of the barn fire is quite frightening. It's an elegant edition, which will linger with readers until they are ready to tackle the original. (All ages
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460927397
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (May 14, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9CN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable Children's Novel with Important Values January 29, 2004
Format:Hardcover
We often talk about teaching children values, but in most cases children's literature is insipid and of no lasting value. BLACK BEAUTY, however, is both valuable as art and valuable for the virtues it teaches: kindness, common sense, and helping those who cannot help themselves. The book is well written in clean prose. It does not over reach the "reading child," nor does it talk down to him. And although it is touching and occasionally sad, it is not in the least sentimental.
The story, of course, is about Black Beauty, a handsome horse who is born and raised in happy circumstances. But in Victorian England horses were used much as we use cars today: they were things to be bought and sold and then gotten rid of when they were no longer useful. Black Beauty is first sold to a good home, but as time passes he is sold again and again--and not always to people who treat him kindly or even to those who give him common care.
There are adventures aplenty, like a stable fire and a dangerous bridge; there are many memorable characters, like the horse Ginger and the kind cabbie Jerry. All of them are seen from Black Beauty's point of view, and beautifully, perfectly described. My mother read this book to me, and as soon as I could I was anxious to read it myself; now, some thirty years later I have stumbled once more upon it. And I can honestly say that it lives up to my memory: it is a fine book, and one that every parent should place in the hands of their children. Strongly recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Is No Better Book for Teaching Kindness August 5, 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful chapter book for a child who is reading at around a 5th grade level to read alone. Black Beauty is a classic. We all know that it tells the life story of an English riding horse from his own point of view. What can be harder to remember is how deftly it teaches children about the importance of kindness to their fellow creatures.

During the course of his lifetime, Beauty experiences the best and the worst humanity has to offer its companion animals. Children old enough to read this book will just be developing the kind of empathy skills necessary to understand how important kindness is, even, and perhaps especially, to those who cannot verbalize their gratitude.

The book teaches kids to notice how they and their peers treat others, and I have been buying it for all of the kids in my life for as long as I can remember.

I particularly like this edition because it is unabridged (the story is perfect), and because the illustrations are enchanting. I'd give it a hundred stars if I could.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was really sad to see this. Can't we do better? June 23, 2007
By A. Ryan
Format:Hardcover
Being a typical horse-loving 10 year old girl (way, way back in the day..), it almost goes without saying that of course I read Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The story of the gentle black horse in Victorian England is simple and perfect. It's a true classic for kids, proven over several generations that have grown up reading it just as I did. With this in mind, I went looking to buy a copy at a bookstore yesterday as a birthday present for a 10 year old young lady.

Now as far as I know, kids today are no less intelligent, and they do still teach them to read starting in Kindergarten. So imagine my horror at discovering that the attractively bound, hardback of Black Beauty that I picked up was, uh, *paraphrased* (actually there are more accurate terms for it, but for the sake of the Amazon censors I'd better stick to the less graphic ones). Comparing selections of this version side by side with the original, the so-called "Classic Starts" Black Beauty plot is stripped down; worse, the lovely language of the original has been replaced with, ahem, simplified text and dialog that could have been written by the author of the Judy Moody books. This left little sense of the turn of the century England setting, and completely obliterated the spirit and style of Anna Sewell. Is this the publisher's idea of a quality introduction to children's lit?

What I really want to know is, why change it at all? As I said, kids today aren't less smart, they should be able to read the real Black Beauty well enough by the time they are in the 9-12 suggested age range. The reason it's a classic is because IT WORKED JUST AS IT WAS. Sorry, I had to put that in large type for the publishers, who evidently believe that the rest of the population matches their literary fluency.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL BOOK,,,, May 14, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Since pictures & illustrations are as much a part of a child's imagination as the written word, then this book beautifully combines both, with the abundant B&W line illustrations by illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch, in addition to the 12 colour plates included - all in keeping with the time period this novel is set in. A wonderful edition to any child's library.
I've been reading horse-topic related books for as long as I can remember; but the very 1st horse story that left an indelible impression on me was ANNA SEWELL's " BLACK BEAUTY ".
It really openend my eyes as to the abuse and cruelty - and majestic fraility - that these wonderful creatures suffer at the hands of their human counterparts.
Ms Sewell opted to write this book from " the horse's point of view " and she was one of the very few authors that was able to pull this off with such great success.
This book also, laid the cornerstone for the ASPCA aims and goals, and brought to light the conditions and treatment of working horses in 20th century London, England ( and elsewhere ).
The story is such a wonderful tale of a horse's life from start to finish; told with a quiet dignity and warmth - and serves as a successful analogy also, as to how humans should interact with one another.
This book also laid the cornerstone for my interest and love of horses, and further spurred my interest in reading about all things Equine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was wonderful. My granddaughter enjoyed it immensely.
Loved it and would recommend this to everyone. It is such a classic. A sad story but it had a wonderful ending.
Published 3 days ago by J Michael Crouch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favorite
I loved this book when I was a child. I reread it recently. I still loved it. I followed Black Beauty from a young frisky cold to an older, aging horse. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joan Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for my youth book club
Great book for my youth book club. I do wish it had illustrations to help my readers visualize the story. When purchasing our next book I will make sure there are illustrations. Read more
Published 9 days ago by B. Hoist
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 10 days ago by Rina H. Reyna
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this book of could not put it down I was so addicted to it. It was so awesome!!!
Published 10 days ago by Jeremy Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite book ever
I have loved Black Beauty's story for over fifty years! I read this once a year because I know and love these characters so much - they're like family to me. Read more
Published 12 days ago by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars It was fun to read this little book
It was fun to read this little book. Author really seems to love and understand horses. Satisfying to read for a change of pace.
Published 12 days ago by Kimberly Hoye
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
Just coming to the end. I have read it before, quite a few years ago. There are so many versions. This is one with the pictures. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kathleen L. Brodie
1.0 out of 5 stars but my 9 year old son and all of his friends HATED it. It was the...
I know this is a classic, but my 9 year old son and all of his friends HATED it. It was the summer reading assignment for their gifted class. Read more
Published 20 days ago by M. Polaski
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this baby...it's terrific! And NOT just a girl's book either...
OK, I admit I never read this - hey! - my sister had a copy and that made it a ... GIRL'S BOOK. What guy would read it? But then I was kind
of curious... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Bill Baker
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