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Black Beauty [Paperback]

Anna Sewell
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Book Description

26 July 2007
Black Beauty begins life in a loving home. But his owners are forced to sell him, and Black Beauty's fortunes change. He is moved from place to place and job to job, often suffering cruel treatment and harsh conditions - until a chance encounter leads to a new turn of events.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 July 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014062418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140624182
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Sep 2013
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Exactly as specified & it arrived promptly & completely undamaged. Excellent price & service & my daughter loved the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a classic "must" 16 Jun 2013
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Good to re read as an adult and see content from different perspective. Prepare to enjoy but also sad - tears at life of horses but still worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull book 15 Jan 2013
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A very good book! bought it as a present, the girl who received said that she loved it and it was easy to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 25 Feb 2013
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The book was for the school library. It was for students in KS3 and who prefers horses rather than reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Beauty 5 Aug 2012
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Anna Sewell was crippled by polio as a girl, and lay near a window where she could watch the horses in the street. She became acutely aware of their working conditions and wrote Black Beauty to tell it from a horse's point of view. This coincided with compulsory education, so for the first time the working class children could read. They read this book to their parents and this raised awareness of the problems at the time, from overwork to a lack of drinking troughs on the streets, to the cruel bearing reins on carriage horses - including those driven by members of the RSPCA. The fact that working people were so dependent on their horses was another factor.

Black Beauty starts life on a farm with his mother Duchess where he is broken in and sold for hunting and carriage driving. He has a fine life but he and his friends Ginger and Merrylegs are sold when the family moves. Beauty and Ginger are sold together but poor Ginger has trouble accepting the tight bearing rein which holds her head high. She is sold off. A boy named Joe Green looks after Beauty at this time and sometimes gets his treatment wrong as he is only learning, so Beauty gets a chill and is very ill. Later in life Beauty becomes a cab horse and the London family are utterly dependent on him for a living. He works six days a week but some horses worked seven. The winter nights see Beauty standing outside a house where a card party is in place, waiting and waiting for their customer. Rich people gave no thought to anyone serving them.
Beauty is finally sold to be a carthorse and meets the worn-out Ginger one more time. He is expected to work until he drops, literally.
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