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Black Beauty (Puffin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Anna Sewell , Meg Rosoff
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 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: #311,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 69 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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32 of 32 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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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Animal Rights Book... May 3, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Because it is a well-known classic and a children's perennial favorite, many people do not realize that "Black Beauty" is an impassioned plea for animal rights, written at a time when such a notion was dismissed as ridiculous. And because it is what it is, sensitive children may need a parent to explain that, thankfully, most of the abuses described in the book are long gone, thanks in part to crusaders like Anna Sewell.
In a story that takes place in 19th century England, a gorgeous glossy black colt, who comes to be known as Black Beauty, is born into a life of comfort and kindness. His life is a kind of horsey paradise, until the fortunes of his owners turn...and Black Beauty is sold.
Sold to a cruel owner as a cab horse, Beauty is now treated as so many hapless animals were in his day...he is virtually tortured. He is in constant pain. His knees are sore. He is made to wear a "check rein," a device that no longer exists, but which scares me to this day because of the impression its description made upon me as a child. It was a type of rein that forced the horse to keep his head up extremely high at an unnatural angle, the more to look "elegant." The pain that this rein inflicts upon Beauty is heartbreaking, and it did indeed break my heart to read it.
Along the way, Beauty meets other horses, and keeps a lifelong friend, Ginger, who also suffers. Everything comes out alright in the end, in a story that is so tender and yet meaningful at the same time, that it is a shame it is relegated by reputation to the backwaters of so-called "children's literature." It was pure muckracking, in the style of the great American muckrakers who came shortly thereafter. Will a child realize this?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best edition
The title says this Kindle edition is illustrated but it has no illustrations. However, the text itself is as charming as ever and continues to provide good advice on the care of... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Judith M Clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic for young adult or adult.
This story has stood the test of time and I have read it at least three times and will reread it again in the years to come.
Published 2 days ago by Jean Seem
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
I read this book as a child. I liked it then and I like it now. It is a timeless story, and carries the same message for today that it did for the days when it was written
Published 8 days ago by Thomas Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful edition
One of the greatest children's stories of all time a beautiful, yet sturdy, format that will last a long time.
Published 26 days ago by Joanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, unique style
There is no doubt about this being a classic piece of literature. Great story, a very unique perspective for telling the story. That is why this book still touches the reader.
Published 1 month ago by R. Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Beauty
Good reading. Got it for my grandchildren and it was very easy reading. I love reading with my grandchildren on my kindle fire.
Published 1 month ago by Cecilia Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Beauty
We looked for this DVD everywhere. Found it on Amazon and received it in a few days. My 5 year old loves it and watches it over and over!
Published 1 month ago by Chevelle8
5.0 out of 5 stars black beauty
I loved this book and recommend it to EVERYONE who wants to read about a beautiful honest horse who goes through really rough and nice times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Black beauty
I have found that reading old stories is usually disastrous even if I have read them as a child because they are usually very boring and actually written for children not for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adele Conner
2.0 out of 5 stars (Illustrated) Kindle Version does not match Whispersync audio listed...
I hate to give a mediocre rating on a great story. The rating is for the version itself. While there are illustrations, there was no indication that this was an Abridged version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJ
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