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Black Beauty (Young Reading Gift Editions) [Hardcover]

Anna Sewell , Alan Marks
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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25 Nov 2005 Young Reading Gift Editions
A poignant and moving retelling of Anna Sewell's classic novel, which follows the story of Black Beauty - the brave and noble horse that overcomes danger and cruelty to eventually find a loving home. It is gorgeously illustrated by Alan Marks. Young readers will treasure this beautiful gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker. The 'Usborne Young Reading' series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, introducing children's classics, fairytales and a diverse range of narrative non-fiction.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; Gift ed edition (25 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746070543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746070543
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A First Reading Book For Young Children 11 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I must admit after reading the first two reviews of this edition of Black Beauty I was expecting a longer version of the book. This is a very highly abridged version of the story only really suitable for children who have just learnt to read very simple stories independently. The photo does not show it says 'Usborne Young Reading' whereas on the actual book this is prominent on the front cover above 'Black Beauty'. It's 64 pages long and very heavy on illustrations with each page having approximately 30 words per page (similar editions to the reading books my 6 year old brings home from school).

No mention of fires or anything in depth or troubling is mentioned. It's a very santised, emotionless version of the classic story. It's more like 'there once was a horse and these were its owners'.

Excellent if you just want an introduction to the basic story of Black Beauty with some lovely illustrations. I would think anyone over 6/7 would be too old for this edition though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to Black Beauty 6 Jan 2009
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I loved reading Black Beauty when I was young, although I did find it harrowing. So lately when I saw a beautifully illustrated unabridged version I had to stop myself buying it for my 5 year old as I know it would be too much for her, and I wanted her love the story like I did.
A friend of mine sent my daughter this abridged version. I thought she mightn't like it as there are no fairies, little girls, ballerinas or princes.
Just goes to show how wrong we can be. She really really enjoys having it read to her. I have lost count of the times we've read it. It is sanitised compared to the long version, but still manages to convey the barbarity of the treatment of horses, cruelty, death and ultimately a happy ending. It is not the usual sugar coated story I am so used to reading to my daughter. Even tho it is so abridged, I still sometimes nearly shed a tear while I am reading it. It's not the book I fell in love with all those years ago, but it's a good stepping stone towards the full story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way too easy to read 2 May 2010
I bought this book for my 6 year old, and while she is a good reader I didn't imagine how fast she'd go through it: the book was read in 10 minutes! In my opinion it is way too abridged to be a good version and if I had known I would definitely have gone for a different version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 26 Mar 2014
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A good little book. My grandaughter is reading quite well so we thought that starting her off on what we call classics we help her understand more which it did. Once she had started it we had trouble taking it off her until she had finished it. It obviously did go in because she can recall most of what she read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Beauty 16 Jan 2014
I bought this for my 7 year old grandaughter to read to her little brother, who is crazy about horses. Lovely illustrations, and about the right level for both of them
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