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Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders
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Aug 15, 2010

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bookshelves: classic, canadian, young-adult
Read from August 11 to 15, 2010

Often described as the Canadian version of Black Beauty, Beautiful Joe is a great book for young aspiring animal activists. Saunders was way beyond her time when she wrote on behalf of the humane treatment of a wide variety of animals, from domestic pets like cats and dogs, to farm animals like chickens and cows. Through the voice of a mutt named Beautiful Joe, she draws attention to the injustices done to animals, injustices that still continue today.
As a story itself, I felt it was lacking in some ways. There was no real plot sequence, rather just Joe's recollection of interesting events during his life. It can lean to the preachy side at times, with Saunders (courageously) trying to bring attention to all the ways that animals are hard done by. Nevertheless, a highly readable novel with an important message.

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