Probably the most popular horse story of all time, Black Beauty tells the story of one horse's long and varied life. On the one hand, a fully engaging novel and on the other hand, a strong statement against animal maltreatment. Anna Sewell's classic novel has enthralled readers since it was first published in 1877.
The story is told in Black Beauty's own words. Beauty's friends are hard to forget, especially high-spirited Ginger. Anna Sewall's words are full of loving empathy for these beautiful animals. The story was set in 19th century England, at a time when almost everyone came into frequent contact with horses...more
Black Beauty delves into the cruel and unregulated treatment of horses during its time period. I like to think that this story inspired better laws regarding animal cruelty.
It is not simply a story with an agenda. It is a good story and still worth recomending to an elementary student. (Which is when I read it.) It is through the viewpoint of the horse.
If you enjoyed Wild Animals I Have Known, Old Yeller, or Where the Red Fern Grows, you are...more
With no beating around the bush this book tells the cruel truth of the lives of some horses, and explains it all from their view point.
Full of lively and reali...more
It's an old fashioned book for girls who like horses. I'm a grown man who has no interest in horses.
It's essentially a guide about how to look after a horse written in the style of an autobiography of a horse written in the first person. Basically as horse has a good owner, then a bad owner, then a good owner, then a bad owner and so on.
If this is the 53rd best book ever then I'm...more
First of all, English is not my first language and secondly I always love horses though I never own one. So I'm being enthusiastic is understatement. I was beyond that when I found this book. The beginning chapter is being easy enough to understand. You learn the horse life and I'm feeling like I'm the horse myself. This story has many moral values and the most important is you need to care for animals as they also have feelings.
This book teach me so much about horses. I was actuall...more
I was, and still am, greatly moved by the reason Anna Sewell wrote the book and the fact IT DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE. She changed things for the better and...more
This book was good, because it taught a theme that everyone should know. Also, it was good because it was interesting to see the perspective of a horse, and his point of view. If I wrote his book, I would change it just a titch by adding a little more adventure, or romance, to make the book have a little more spice. The author, Anna Sewell, wrote this book, because of her childhood. Anna Sewell and her family st...more
And I enjoyed it! Black Beauty narrates his life, beginning with life on a pastoral farm with his sweet tempered mother, Black Beauty describes the many owners and jobs that he and other horses experienced in the second half of 19th century London. Sewell's book changed practices for horses and led...more
During Black Beauty's adventure in a circle, he had experienced many thing...more
I was glad this is a short book as I’ve never really been a fan of horses. I can see that this would appeal to kid...more