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Anna Sewell
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Black Beauty

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  152,167 ratings  ·  2,301 reviews

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.

Paperback, Abridged, 64 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Lake Publishing Company (CA) (first published 1877)
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This is the first book I ever read. I remember the day that I brought it in to show to my teacher, Miss Gerardi. She asked me if I could read it, so I started reading it aloud to her right away.

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
I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. I have found that I can't really trust my childhood memories. In this case, however, the years made no difference. The odd thing I noticed while reading this book was how completely I'd internalized the messages regarding animals and how one should treat them. I know that I must have read this 20 or 30 times before I was 14, but I didn't realize that I was memorizing whole chunks of it and grafting it into my moral code. It ...more
Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy. Anna Sewell wrote this to illustrate the abuse of horses, in particulary the harsh use of the bearing rein. The bearing rein was used to get the horse's head arched, but made it difficult for the horse to breathe and near impossible for the horse to pull a carriage uphill. When Sewell died, the hearse to carry her body used horses with bearing reins. Her mother went out and made the driver get rid of them.

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Lisa Vegan
Aug 28, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyoone who loves horses or well written children's literature
This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses. I’m giving it only 3 stars, however, not because I wasn’t one of those girls who were big horse fans (which I wasn’t really), but because for me it was just too emotionally harrowing. This might have been the first book I ever read that made me sick with depression. The horse goes through a lot of suffering in this book. Not for the overly sensitive but a beautifully told st ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm sorry, I read this book when I was 6 or 7 and it almost scarred me for life..the sight of Ginger's body being carted away stayed with me for years. Between this, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, and of course Old Yeller I have to assume that somewhere there is a Marquis de Sade school of children's literature. I never gave these to my children as they were growing up (they had to make do with Narnia, Charlie Bucket, and some others). Neither the books nor the movies did I take them to ...more
As I young girl I never was much into horses as were all the other girls from my class. This is why I never read Black Beauty. I also never saw any of the movie adaptions. All I knew was that it was about a very beautiful horse.
Reading this book I was surprised by three things: First of all, it was completely different from what I expected. I had kind of imagined a story about a wild horse. This so totally wasn't the case. The second thing was, that Anna Sewell turns out to be the Charles Dicken
Sep 18, 2007 Jordan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse lovers
Shelves: animals, literature
I was so in love with horses from a young age and I remember crying my little eyes out when I read this book. It broke my heart when poor Black Beauty was abused and broken. I was elated when Beauty was reunited with a former caregiver. This classic story is great and a must for anyone who cares for animals.
Ah, the Victorians! I had no idea that this book wasn't in fact a cute story about a horse, but actually a treatise on animal cruelty. So there I was, reading this book aloud to my three-year-old, and skimming over things like horses being beaten to death or just whipped until blood is dripping in the streets of London! WOW! It's a great book, but I think it's definitely for older children, who can handle this sort of realism and will be able to discuss their feelings with you.
I can't count the number of times I cried over this when I was a kid.
Johnny Waco
The Victorian period saw a dramatic rise in the middle class and in the leisure time that this new class had to spend on themselves and their causes. Childhood became more important to the middle class and so the first flowering of children's books, a genre that has prospered up until our own time. One of the great Victorian children's novels is Black Beauty, which illustrated the virtues of obedience and cheerfulness, while also bringing the issue of animal abuse into the public eye.

Black Beaut
Jan 10, 2008 Pam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favourite
My first written introduction into the wrd of animal cruelty. As an animal loving youngster of about 7 years, this book made me angry, made me cry. It had stayed with me always, though I could never read it again - too upsetting. An important book with as much relevance today as when it was written, sadly.
I read this at the same time as my 9 year old, and we both truly enjoyed it. Besides a great, touching story that is well-written and from an unusual point of view, this novel addresses important issues that I was able to discuss with my son: treatment of animals, keeping the Sabbath, kindness versus selfishness, doing your best work, and others. Very readable to young children...we read the original text without too much trouble and that's not always possible with those "old" books. Add this to ...more
Lynne King
I read this book years ago and when I purchased a DVD yesterday on Black Beauty and watched it, I experienced my initial emotion of seeing the sadness of cruelty to animals. I always loved horses as a child and still do.

The style of the book is simple but Black Beauty is so exquisitely written that it caused me to cry.

Looking at the internet today, I see that as it is in the public domain it costs nothing to purchase on Kindle. Incredible to see that.

I recommend this book to all ages.
Ultimamente o que me tem apetecido comprar e ler são clássicos.
Descobrir clássicos.
Acumular clássicos.
Descobrir edições bonitas de clássicos a adicioná-los à pilha por ler.
Nesta onda, descobri este livrinho, que é um clássico infantil e que, também tem uma adaptação cinematográfica, que conto ver em breve.

"Black Beauty" traz-nos a história de um cavalo desde o seu nascimento até à sua velhice.
Black Beauty é um cavalo que, desde que nasce até aos seus primeiros anos, tem uma vida que ele adora,
Dee Marsh
No book review by a horse loving reader would be complete without this childrens classice. I still have my copy after what must be 50 years.
Oct 10, 2009 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th century fiction; kids with good reading skills
Since this is basically a children's book, my rating is based on my reaction to it as a child reader. If I re-read it now and rated it as adult fiction, probably the rating wouldn't be as high; and it's also the case that the book wouldn't be as easily read or understood by modern kids as it was by their Victorian counterparts. Only the more motivated and better readers in that age group would be apt to give it 4 stars today.

This "Autobiography of a Horse" narrates an equine life running pretty
Aug 08, 2008 Tempest rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers of all ages
This book has crowned my living room bookshelf for several years and it can never be replaced. The story, told from the point of view of a sweet and carefree horse, wraps you up in an adventure that will leave you tingling. The detail, the story line, the exquisite charm that this book radiates, all endear it to anyone who loves animals.
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
This a very touching novel by Anna Sewell who described the abuse of bearing rein in the horses. Nowadays this question of mistreatment of animals is becoming a harsh reality even in the XXI century.

A movie was made based on this book Black Beauty (1994).

At the age of 65 I'm editing my bookshelves and sighing. It seems that the time has come at last for me to set Anna Sewell's BLACK BEAUTY free. I've had a strong attachment to this book for a long, long time, and highly recommend it for children and adults. The story began life as a sort of political tract to encourage adults to treat animals with kindness and patience. It depicts a time when this lesson was more significant because service animals were everywhere in society-- but the lesson is ...more
Before I start complaining, can I just say that Anna Sewell was one cool, cool person? She was super cool. As a child, she suffered some kind of leg injury that was poorly treated, and as a result, she was unable to stand or walk without a crutch for the rest of her life. In order to get around, Sewell often used horse-drawn carriages and fell in love with horses. She wrote Black Beauty in order to combat mistreatment of horses. After it was published in 1877, it became a huge influence in raisi ...more
Mike Steven
What can I say about this? I read it because it is on the BBC Big Read Top 100 books and I'm trying to read them all.

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
Swetha Amit
One of my all time favourite classic. It comes out from the horse's mouth literally. Transports one to get a glimpse of the lives of horses,their agonies and feelings that creates a feeling of pity towards them. While humans undergo suffering,the animals are a step further in this aspect and certainly proves the fact that the grass is not greener on the other side.
Carol E.
I listened to this audio book and enjoyed myself. I read this probably 50 years ago and had forgotten it all, I thought. As I listened, it seemed vaguely familiar, and I enjoyed remembering my child self reading this book. I loved it back then, not noticing that it was written for a purpose: to teach and encourage humane treatment of animals and people. That part was a little bit heavy handed, but as a kid, I didn't notice it. It's still an enjoyable read. The reader gets a taste of life before ...more
This classic presents a look at possibly what goes on in a horses’ psyche as narrated by a horse named Black Beauty. With this presentation, it urges the reader to be sympathetic and respectful to the animal and to be careful in tending to them. It was quite sad to read about how cruel the horses were treated at times even in ignorance on how to properly care for a horse.

Three quarters of the way through the book the story takes a sharp turn to focus on one particular owner of Black Beauty. Here
Oct 03, 2009 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves animals.
Words can not describe the beauty and atmosphere of Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty". This classic follows the story of the remarkable Black Beauty, who spent his whole life working almost non-stop for the sake of his one-too-many masters. Injured by one, cared for by another, Black Beauty has been through it all. The majority of the story goes into depth about how horses were treated back in the 1800s--how the bearing rein slowly and painfully injured them, how most cab drivers forced the horses to ...more
Lisa James
I used to have one of the original hard bound versions of the books that was my grandmothers when SHE was a little girl, given to her by her mother. By the time I read it first as a little girl, the binding was so brittle that the individual pages were loose, & brittle themselves, like an ancient manuscript. I was only allowed to read it at the dining room table, so the book & the pages could be spread out on the tablecloth under a softer light. I can still remember the antique book smel ...more
Hayley Moore
Advantages: Beautiful story
Disadvantages: Sentimental account

I have always been verging on the obsessed when it comes to horses. Growing up, if a book featured horses and ponies I'd devour it. I was also fanatical about horse welfare, indignant about horses being transported live to Europe for slaughter and keen to raise money for horse rescue centres, such as Redwings with various half-baked schemes. So it probably isn't surprising that a childhood favourite of mine was the classic, Black Beaut
As probably everyone is aware, this book was the reason people started noticing how horribly horses were often treated back in the day, and is either the or one of the first examples of a book written from an animal's perspective. This gives the novel historical value.

I also believe that it has value for other reasons, and I don't believe this is a novel that should ever have been relegated to 'children's literature', for two reasons. The 'animal's perspective' angle is one that I believe many p
Michael Gerald Dealino
One of the most powerful pieces of literature to bravely take animal cruelty head-on, this book is both heartwrenching and heartwarming. Scenes of horses being neglected or worked to death aroused in me a deep conviction that never will I allow myself to descend to such barbaric behavior to both humans and animals alike. It's a good thing that Sewell still provided protrayals of humans being compassionate to Black Beauty and the other horses in the story. As long as there are humans like that, a ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Wow it's been a long time since I read this. I think it was maybe ... six years ago, approximately? I have no idea. But I remember loving it so much. I mean, I typically hate horse books. They're always like "Once there was a little girl who wanted a horse and then she got one. The end". Black Beauty is NOT one of those barfy horse books AT ALL. As a matter of fact, I remember it being rather depressing ... It provides a more realistic view of a horse's life than most horse books do. Very good. ...more
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“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” 129 likes
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