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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573353625
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 manner--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.

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- "One of the greatest books ever narrated by a horse, with a fine message: be kind to animals, and they'll be kind to you." --Michael Morpurgo, "Guardian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DocMartin on 26 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book did for horses what Charles Dickens managed for workhouses, boarding schools and several other of the less laudable Victorian institutions. Like Dickens, it has survived the test of time and remains on most “Children's Classic” lists. Although there are plenty of horsy adventures for the hero, Sewell manages to avoid almost all of the traps of anthropomorphism and sickening sentimentality that infest most kids' books that touch upon matters equine. This book should however come with a warning: it can be quite brutal, as was the Victorian's treatment of working horses and, when I first read it as a child of six I found it harrowing and desperately upsetting (although it does have a reasonably happy ending). At 44, I still can't read it without a tear and a lumpy throat so this is probably not one for the nursery bookshelf; however, it remains on my list of essential reading for children. My eight-year-old son is studying Victorian history as his school project and has put down Harry Potter in favour of this; trying to prevent my six-year-old, horse-mad daughter from picking it up may prove problematical.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Boof VINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2009
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Oh, this is such a sweet book and has left me sighing with satisfaction at the end.

I have never read Black Beauty until now. As a child I was never a girly girl and was never into horses or ponies at all and subsequently never had any desire to read this book. I wanted to read about The Famous Five solving crimes and having adventures.

I'm not even sure what made me pick this book up after all this time but I am so glad I did. The story itself is told by Black Beauty, a horse who is born to a kind family and trained to be a good working horse. He is then sold on and that is where he ends up in a series of backbreaking jobs. There are the baddies in this book and also the goodies, the kind, gentle owners who care for him and of course there are other horsey friends that Black Beauty makes along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and has earned a place in my most-amazing-books shelf. It was such a sweet book and I'm so glad I read it after all this time. I would recommend to children and adults alike.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
The title gives this buuk as "unabridged", but it is abridged and as I've already opened it I cannot send it back. Still Martin Jarvis is a very good reader and the abridgement seems to only cover discriptions which some children might find dull so it's probably still a good buy. I have however informed Amazon that their discription is incorrect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookfriend on 6 April 2009
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For the sad fact is that it's as pertinent now, as it was back when it was produced by Anna Sewell as a "cry for help" for the horses of her time.

Do a bit of research ... how many horse and pony sancturies are in your country? Visit them (online or in person) and check out the state in which some of their residents arrive at that place of care and safety. It'll touch your heart.

The book itself is beautifully written, though perhaps not for the under 10's - for in places it'll bring tears to the eyes. It's interesting though - and A.S. has captured a horse's "take" on life with humans well. Indeed Black Beauty and his friends often show quite a touch of that "horse sense" we humans talk about! We are of course glad for Beauty that his own story has a happy ending, with him living out his old age in love and safekeeping. But for many horses, ponies, donkeys, it's not so - this is 2009, and that is a disgraceful fact.

As with all Collector's Library books, this is a compact size and a lovely presentation of the story, with occasional good quality line drawings. Well worth a place on your bookshelf - for all all ages to read, and learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enchantika on 20 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
i seen the movie to this years ago and though it was sad it was quite good, the narrator of Black Beauty's voice was perfect, so when i read this book obviously that voice was transferred to the book.

the book is more in depth than the movie, and Beauty explains a lot more about how he felt in situations he was put in, the story also tells a bit about Ginger and Merry legs and also introduces characters that were left out of the movie. Anna Sewell does a grand job at questioning the resons of neglect and fashion through her human characters as much as the horses and makes for a enjoyed read.

i rate the novel 5 stars, i bought it from a second had book shop and it is a plain book cover with delicate pages this is one of the reasons i prefer to read books to kindles.
Anyway, the feel and size of this little book added to the wonderful read, such an old story in an old style really makes a difference and though unlike the movie the book did not make me cry i still felt that i enjoyed it just as much if not more so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ocean2 on 28 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I first read this book about sixty-five years ago, when my Father, who was in the Navy during the War, sent it to me
over the years this book was lost, but I remember it well, and had to get it for my Kindle to take me back all those years. It is a heart warming read,but a little disturbing in places, I love horses, I know it is only a story, but,
I cannot think of animals being abused in any way, This book is beautifully written, and I would recommend it to any child that is an animal lover.
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