- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (6 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192727982
- ISBN-13: 978-0192727985
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Beauty: Oxford Children's Classics Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008
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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.
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 )
One of the most enchanting and best-loved children's stories of all time (Mail on Sunday )
This was the first book that reduced me to tears - I saw what it meant to campaign ardently and successfully for an important cause. (Esther Rantzen Daily Mail )
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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.
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.
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.
A century after first publication, in 1977, it was rated the favourite book read by ten year olds. Although its popularity is waning, its classic status remains unshaken. The strength of the novel lies in the sincerity and passion with which Anna wrote it, with its good hearted, hard-working hero who makes it against all odds, and who is of course, a horse!
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Great book if you like horses, a lot of description.
I really like it. A lot of different scenes. Well worth the 5* rating.
Brilliant read. WARNING: Very addictive!!!