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A horse's life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale by Anna Sewel. Told from the horse's point of view, Black Beauty's own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. From happy times as a young foal romping A horse's life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale by Anna Sewel. Told from the horse's point of view, Black Beauty's own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. From happy times as a young foal romping with his mother, Duchess, to harsh years as a cab horse in the city and finally to a peaceful old age, Black Beauty's life shows that horses have feelings too, and sometimes they even know things people don't.


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A horse's life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale by Anna Sewel. Told from the horse's point of view, Black Beauty's own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. From happy times as a young foal romping A horse's life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale by Anna Sewel. Told from the horse's point of view, Black Beauty's own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. From happy times as a young foal romping with his mother, Duchess, to harsh years as a cab horse in the city and finally to a peaceful old age, Black Beauty's life shows that horses have feelings too, and sometimes they even know things people don't.

30 review for Black Beauty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert M

    A marvel! Every horse movie that ever was is based on this novel. It’s the greatest horse novel ever written. I hope I write the standard-bearer for a whole genre someday.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neeraj SK

    This book will surely make the reader aware of the hardships that horses have to go through in their lives. If the reader owns a pet or owned a pet (any animal), this book will especially be a boon for her/him as he will be able to connect at a deeper level with the pet after reading this book. The author has kept the language simple and yet all the simplicity has such profound emotional effect on the reader's heart that it is hard to believe that 'Black Beauty' is Anna Seawell's first and only bo This book will surely make the reader aware of the hardships that horses have to go through in their lives. If the reader owns a pet or owned a pet (any animal), this book will especially be a boon for her/him as he will be able to connect at a deeper level with the pet after reading this book. The author has kept the language simple and yet all the simplicity has such profound emotional effect on the reader's heart that it is hard to believe that 'Black Beauty' is Anna Seawell's first and only book. A must read indeed...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Black Beauty has had 9 masters over her lifetime, but only 5 of them treated her well: Her birth master, “Master” Squire Gordon of Birtwick Park Mr. York Mr. Barry (whose groom was Filcher) Jerry Barker, the nice cab driver Jakes, driver for the corn dealer Mr. Skinner, mean cab driver Mr. Farmer Thoroughgood Miss Ellen A few words about the masters: Squire Gordon was very good to Beauty, and she loved the three happy years she spent there. But the mistress got sick and had to move to warm places. Jerry Bar Black Beauty has had 9 masters over her lifetime, but only 5 of them treated her well: Her birth master, “Master” Squire Gordon of Birtwick Park Mr. York Mr. Barry (whose groom was Filcher) Jerry Barker, the nice cab driver Jakes, driver for the corn dealer Mr. Skinner, mean cab driver Mr. Farmer Thoroughgood Miss Ellen A few words about the masters: Squire Gordon was very good to Beauty, and she loved the three happy years she spent there. But the mistress got sick and had to move to warm places. Jerry Barker, a cab driver whose real name was Jeremiah, was great to Beauty. He had a nice daughter and son and his wife was named Polly. But he got dangerously ill, and the family moved to the country. Do not you think it is odd that both of these exceptionally nice masters had to move because of health-related family matters? The only mean horse that Black Beauty ever met was Ginger, but they grew up to be best friends. Ginger had suffered a harder life than Beauty, so it was only natural for her to be a little mean-tempered sometimes. One day, when Beauty was still Jerry Barker’s cab horse, a pitiful sight of a horse pulled up a cab, and Beauty saw it was his old friend Ginger with the same chestnut color, although the once shiny and glossy coat was now beaten up and missing in places. She looked half-dead, so Beauty wanted to believe that this horse was not Ginger, but it was. Later, they saw a dead horse being towed to the burial place on a cart, and Beauty saw the chestnut color and hoped it was Ginger, to end her long suffering. Merrylegs was a fat gray pony, but it’s not clear whether he was a boy or a girl. I think Merrylegs is male, but there is no conclusive evidence or proof. What do you think? Merrylegs was often thought of as a machine by the little boys, and they mistreated him cruelly, by hitting him with sticks to make him keep going. Speaking of little boys mistreating horses, there are boys who are awfully mean in this book to all the horses, not just to Merrylegs: Case 1: Black Beauty and her mother Duchess lived with their first master. But there was a boy who liked to steal blackberries from Mr. Master and throw stones at the horses, which really hurt the horses. Case 2: Filcher was employed as the groom when Beauty was under the care of Mr. Barry, her fourth owner. Filcher brought a child everyday with him to work, and the child stole Beauty’s oats, making her very thin. The child and Filcher both went to jail after their plot was discovered. I think, if anything, the illustrations are beautiful, even if the book is sad and filled with hatred, yet also with kindness. I don't know, but who do you think the girl on the cover is?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kiley

    Kiley White English-2 My review is about the book "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell. The book black beauty is told from the horses point of view and is about a beautiful black horse that was born and lived on a beautiful meadow with his mother and kind master. For the first four years of his life, Beauty is well cared for. His mother gives him sound advice and his owner is gentle. Beauty is then trained to pull cabs in the city. The work is hard and very dirty, which he is not at all accustomed to. Th Kiley White English-2 My review is about the book "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell. The book black beauty is told from the horses point of view and is about a beautiful black horse that was born and lived on a beautiful meadow with his mother and kind master. For the first four years of his life, Beauty is well cared for. His mother gives him sound advice and his owner is gentle. Beauty is then trained to pull cabs in the city. The work is hard and very dirty, which he is not at all accustomed to. Throughout the novel, Beauty's name changes with his different owners.Every owner has been mean to him and abused him except his first owner. When this man buys him he hates the owner but meets a beautiful chestnut mare named ginger. He falls in love with her, then his owner sells him. towards the middle of the book black beauty is pulling a carriage while it raining and he comes to a bridge and it breaks. The river is very fast and suddenly beauty stops and saves his master. Later, beauty is pulling a cart through town and he sees a cart go beside him and sees ginger in the back with her tongue out and dripping blood. in the end beauty is reunited with squire Gordon and the children. Although, it has a cheesy ending it is one of my favorite books ever. It is a truly inspiring book about pain, cruelty, beauty, and happiness. In conclusion, I definatley recommend this book its truly inspiring.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angel Sandoval

    The book is about a colt a black one and follows his life of good masters and bad ones. I liked this book because I like horses and I like reading. I would recommend this book to Ambar because she likes reading this kind of book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I have always loved this book growing up. I hadn't read it since I was in middle school, and it is a story that I could read over and over again. It's beautifully written and pulls at your heart. I recommend it for anyone, adults and children.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    I've never been big on horses, but this story was enjoyable nonetheless.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Picked this up out of the unit box at the camp I volunteer at. The girls in the cabin were going into 4-6th grade, and I read it aloud over three nights. I enjoyed the fact that the book is narrated by Beauty; I only knew of a few other classics like that. It really lacked human details, though, and I found myself wanting to rewrite chapters from the human perspective as a fun writing exercise. (Why was the master’s wife sick?, for example.) A warning, though: this book is pretty real about the Picked this up out of the unit box at the camp I volunteer at. The girls in the cabin were going into 4-6th grade, and I read it aloud over three nights. I enjoyed the fact that the book is narrated by Beauty; I only knew of a few other classics like that. It really lacked human details, though, and I found myself wanting to rewrite chapters from the human perspective as a fun writing exercise. (Why was the master’s wife sick?, for example.) A warning, though: this book is pretty real about the way horses were treated back then (and, I’m sure, in some places now). It doesn’t not leave humans with a favorable view of humankind, but only that there are kind exceptions to the rule. The parts surrounding Ginger (who appears several times across the book) are especially dark, with Ginger voicing aloud to Beauty that she wishes someone would shoot her and put her out of her misery. Beauty even feels this way a little when he gets hurt. In another chapter, Beauty sees Ginger looking especially bad and being led away, and then late Beauty thinks he sees Ginger dead in a cart that rolls by. Not good bedtime fare, but definitely realistic, and I enjoyed it in general.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Makenna stull

    Black beauty ( great Illustrated Classics). Black beauty is told from the horses point of view and is about a beautiful black horse that was born and lived on a beautiful meadow with his mother and kind master. For the first four years of his life, Beauty is well cared for. His mother gives him sound advice and his owner is gentle. Beauty is then trained to pull cabs in the city. The work is hard and very dirty, which he is not at all accustomed to. If the reader owns a pet or owned a pet (any an Black beauty ( great Illustrated Classics). Black beauty is told from the horses point of view and is about a beautiful black horse that was born and lived on a beautiful meadow with his mother and kind master. For the first four years of his life, Beauty is well cared for. His mother gives him sound advice and his owner is gentle. Beauty is then trained to pull cabs in the city. The work is hard and very dirty, which he is not at all accustomed to. If the reader owns a pet or owned a pet (any animal), this book will especially be easy for her/him to be able to connect at a deeper level with there pet after reading this book. I recommend this book to anyone also if you like or love animals.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lam

    the most favorite title in my childhood years. up until i found anne rice at the age of 8, i would re-read this title countless times and visualize the chapters in my head like a virtual reality movie. i dare say this book has contributed towards my love for horses and my rebellious trait at a young age, for which i simply listened to my heart and not the adults around me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I love that this book, told from a horse’s perspective, tells so much about people. It describes kind and gentle people and contrasts to people who are mean spirited and thoughtless. You can see how you need both love and education to provide the best care for these magnificent creatures.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    I give this particular adaptation 3.5 stars. I have not read the original, full- version of Black Beauty, but I would like to. I was intrigued by and enjoyed hearing the story from the horse’s perspective. It really made me think about animals and how we, as humans, treat or mistreat them. But this adaptation was lacking in its ability to capture me fully. My daughter and I found it somewhat boring and repetitive in parts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma Brinks

    It was very interesting but very sad because many of the homes that Black Beauty is placed in were not very nice homes for a horse, it is also sad because his friend Ginger die's in the end very very sad book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Eli enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    A really good book that gives an animal’s perspective how a horses life is and how nice and cruel humans can be.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Bonin

    One of my favourite books that I read a lot as a child! A beautifully told story from the perspective of a horse that immediately captivated my attention. On my list of re-reads !!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karim Elmenshawy

    Another story that i don't like it , but I have to teach it for my lovely students ..I go out of my way for you! .Lol 😂

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mirena

    One of my favorite childhood books!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Piper

    I like horses. But I wish there were more exciting parts.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hosnieh

    This beautifully written book made me cry ❤

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorna McAdams

    This is such a cute book. So sad at parts but I loved the ending. More horse owners should read this...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Always a favorite in our house!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    (Reading with the grandkids)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keri Keehn

    A great story about a girl and her horse. This book is good for young readers that are transitioning to harder material.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liisi

    A total classic. So glad my kids are picking up on these wonderful books!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A beautiful story which teaches children to be kind to animals. Loved this read recommended by my granddaughter. I have read it 3 times prior to now.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Widad Hussein

    This children's classic is one of my favorites that I read when I was younger. The lexile level is 1010 and is suited for students in grades 6-8th grade. The main character is a male horse Black Beauty and it's written through his eyes in first point of view. This takes place over 100 years ago in various parts of London. In this classic literature, Black Beauty is trying to find a good owner. Back then, horses were very common and among many people so they were a big part of people's lives. As This children's classic is one of my favorites that I read when I was younger. The lexile level is 1010 and is suited for students in grades 6-8th grade. The main character is a male horse Black Beauty and it's written through his eyes in first point of view. This takes place over 100 years ago in various parts of London. In this classic literature, Black Beauty is trying to find a good owner. Back then, horses were very common and among many people so they were a big part of people's lives. As he searches for the perfect person to care for him, he sees that some of his masters are cruel and not what he expected. We see him being handed down from one owner to another being hit and given unfortunate mistreatment. Throughout the book, we see the types of owners he gets and the companions he makes and how alike they are or not. The pictures that are shown help bring the words to life. The main idea would be animal treatment and compassion. I would recommend this book especially to those who love animals. This can help the reader see how animals have gotten treated in the past and can compare to the present. It also gives a lesson on how we should treat others and to be kind. I really loved this book in general because it grabs your heart and has a way of pulling your attention to it. I've always believed in treating others how you would want to be treated and this is a great example of what one can do. Don't mistreat others; always be kind.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    I had heard about Black Beauty, seen the TV series and definitely knew about the horse, but until now, I never actually knew the whole story – neither about the animal nor the author of the book. Most enlightening. You think you know and then you find out that you really didn’t know much after all. This Illustrated Classic Edition covers the life of Black Beauty from his birth right up to old age – a life that was not always easy or happy. Anna Sewell also discloses the lifestyle of people over a I had heard about Black Beauty, seen the TV series and definitely knew about the horse, but until now, I never actually knew the whole story – neither about the animal nor the author of the book. Most enlightening. You think you know and then you find out that you really didn’t know much after all. This Illustrated Classic Edition covers the life of Black Beauty from his birth right up to old age – a life that was not always easy or happy. Anna Sewell also discloses the lifestyle of people over a period of time, no doubt while she was alive herself and experienced what was going on around her, and then wrote about it from a proud horse’s point of view. It’s a shame, actually, that Black Beauty was the only book Anna ever wrote – she definitely had a way of writing about and conveying facts in an interesting, even intriguing fashion. This is basically a fun way to learn about how things were done over 150 years ago, combined with how different people treat other living beings – something that has sadly not changed much, especially where abuse is concerned.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephine D

    Black beauty is about how animals have feelings. They need to be taken care of just like if they were a human.This book is Black Beauty and is by Anna Sewell (this was here only book she had ever got published before she died) Deidre S. Lailken also wrote this book with her. This book was for kids that have a little bit harder time reading. What I think people would like in this book looking in the eyes, and seeing what the animal is thinking and know how to treat your animals, and really every a Black beauty is about how animals have feelings. They need to be taken care of just like if they were a human.This book is Black Beauty and is by Anna Sewell (this was here only book she had ever got published before she died) Deidre S. Lailken also wrote this book with her. This book was for kids that have a little bit harder time reading. What I think people would like in this book looking in the eyes, and seeing what the animal is thinking and know how to treat your animals, and really every animals they don't need to be hurt. Another thing that people would maybe like is that of the writing of it . But last of all is how you can survive all lot and the worlds are not filled with all Good people some of them are bad and some are very bad. The people that would like this book is people that like is people with a love of all animals have fun with reading this book. I really liked it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    This is book number 2 of the Mommy and Daughter book club I am having with my 7 year old. This book is sad and amazing. The lessons of animal cruelty can be applied to any modern day problem: animals, friends, earth, humanity, etc. in further news, the newest version of the movie comes out next month staring my long term and long distance boyfriend of 24 years, Luke Perry. I wouldn't miss it, Luke. Love, your biggest 10 year old fan from 1991 when I had to sneak downstairs to watch 90210 with my This is book number 2 of the Mommy and Daughter book club I am having with my 7 year old. This book is sad and amazing. The lessons of animal cruelty can be applied to any modern day problem: animals, friends, earth, humanity, etc. in further news, the newest version of the movie comes out next month staring my long term and long distance boyfriend of 24 years, Luke Perry. I wouldn't miss it, Luke. Love, your biggest 10 year old fan from 1991 when I had to sneak downstairs to watch 90210 with my sister. Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Georgina Rossetti Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep.

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