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A First Reading Book For Young Children
on 11 November 2008
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.