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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.
Grade 4-6–While better written than most abridged versions, these adaptations sacrifice character and theme development through simplified retellings of the basic plots or action. In Black Beauty, Church has reduced the original 49 chapters to 21 by combining the sequence and action into simpler accounts. Sasaki has reworked six of the Sherlock Holmes stories to maintain the mystery and solution minus Holmes's roundabout explanations of deduction. The books include lists of questions for discussion. The generously spaced, large-type format, interspersed with occasional black-and-white drawings, may serve as an introduction or starter as the series intends. However, waiting for the right read-aloud setting combined with discussion of the original is the best way to include the classics in any child's literary experience.–Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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This is one of the most beautiful and classic books ever written. It has never been out of print and is always in demand. Reading it again makes me understand why. Marcy ChristmasPublished 2 days ago by Marcy Christmas
It was okey
I thought it was just a little boring but at some parts, i thought it was very interesting.
I felt in some parts like i have already read it. Read more
These books were gifts. I have no idea when they arrived or their condition or anything about them. They went to people at other addresses. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Allen
"best christmas present ever " the perfect book for a young girl in love with horses , it was probably the lesser of all the other expensive presents . there you have itPublished 18 months ago by Dorothy M Simpson
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2013 by movielover
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! Read morePublished on July 25 2012 by Kat
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2012 by Alissa