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Black Beauty 2D [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Anna Sewell , Jonathan Keeble
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Dec 1 1998 Junior Classics
This story of a thoroughbred horse's adventures of life, cruel misfortunes and ultimate triumph, remains a favorite among young listeners.

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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 way--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 the Hardcover edition.


 • "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 the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book from my childhood Oct. 19 2013
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It was a good read and I can't wait till my daughter is a little older and I can read it to her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a classic for animal lovers Aug. 10 2013
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If you haven't read this in awhile, might be worth a read again. Or a great way to introduce this great story to a young child or even teen. I love movies, but sometimes love to get lost in a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this book is awesome March 3 2013
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This is very descriptive it is awesome if you want to know what horses do while they are I the pen or if you want to know what horses think all of the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! July 25 2012
By Kat
As a child I remember watching the movie Black Beauty over and over again. I just recently acquired the book on my Kindle and was not disappointed! For me, it was a very nostalgic book that took me back to being a child. It is a very easy read, but it is beautifully written with very vivid imagery. I found it very easy to get into and sympathize with the character of Black Beauty and I experienced many emotional ups and downs throughout the plot. Overall, it was an excellent read that I would highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Horse Classic Feb. 23 2012
By Alissa
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I grew up on the movie Black Stallion and didnt get the book until I was a bit older.. As much as I loved the movie I didnt think it was possible to trump it, sure enough this book was everything and more then the movie was! In the past I have both ridden and owned black horses, and they were always called my Black Beauties. A must by for any horse lover of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL BOOK.... May 17 2000
Since pictures & illustrations are as much a part of a child's imagination as the written word, then this book beautifully combines both, with the abundant B&W line illustrations by illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch, in addition to the 12 colour plates included - all in keeping with the time period this novel is set in. A wonderful edition to any child's library. I've been reading horse-topic related books for as long as I can remember; but the very 1st horse story that left an indelible impression on me was ANNA SEWELL's " BLACK BEAUTY ".
It really openend my eyes as to the abuse and cruelty - and majestic fraility - that these wonderful creatures suffer at the hands of their human counterparts.
Ms Sewell opted to write this book from " the horse's point of view " and she was one of the very few authors that was able to pull this off with such great success.
This book also, laid the cornerstone for the ASPCA aims and goals, and brought to light the conditions and treatment of working horses in 20th century London, England ( and elsewhere ).
The story is such a wonderful tale of a horse's life from start to finish; told with a quiet dignity and warmth - and serves as a successful analogy also, as to how humans should interact with one another.
This book also laid the cornerstone for my interest and love of horses, and further spurred my interest in reading about all things Equine.
From there, and I went on to read all of Walter Farley's "The Black Stallion" series ( I used to collect the hardcover editions), and Marguerite Henry's books, and National Velvet(which really wasn't about a horse per se, but more about a little girl who's dreams come true), and anything else I could get my horsey-hungry hands on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Beauty July 24 2010
One of the best known books, almost everyone has heard of Black Beauty. The story is told from Black Beauty's point of view giving a totally different view of the world. He has to endure some cruel owners but remains hopeful that someday things will turn out better. One of the sad parts is the death of his over-worked friend 'Ginger'.

The hero horse is eventually saved by a kind boy and his grandfather who care for him and restore him to health. It is quite sad in part but does have a happy ending and in its day would have had an effect on the treatment suffered by working horses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent unabridged, illustrated version May 1 2010
By P.D.
I have chosen the Whole Story version of the classics, as it is loaded with colour illustrations on each page which help keep the story captivating for the whole family (including younger children who are so visual). The illustrations are not cartoon or elementary, they are excellent quality. The version is also unabridged so you don't loose the beauty and true essence the author originally intended. A wonderful way to introduce the whole family to the classics, while also attracting the young ones. So far I have the following Whole Story classics: The Jungle Book, Black Beauty and Heidi. All are excellent for my younger children: 8, 5 and 3.
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