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Black Beauty is an novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last Her only book was Black Beauty, written between and in her house at Old Catton. During this time, her health was declining, and she. Black Beauty book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by frien. Black Beauty's story, as told by himself, is the fascinating tale of the life of a horse a hundred years ago, when horses were a part of daily life.

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A heartrending, beautiful, educational classic. Read Common Sense Media's Black Beauty review, age rating, and parents guide. Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics) [Anna Sewell] on *FREE* shipping on Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell Collection) (): Anna Sewell: Sold by: Book Depository US Black Beauty, Young Folks' Edition.

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Parent Written by abdelsamad m. March 1, Report this review. Kid, 9 years old February 12, Kid, 11 years old April 16, Black Beauty is an extremely cleverly written book.

I am eleven years old and I enjoyed the book thouroughly. There are some trajic parts of the story and there Continue reading.

What's the story? Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Book details Author: Anna Sewell Genre: Literary Fiction Book type: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Group Publication date: November 24, Publisher's recommended age s: Our editors recommend.

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The Secret Garden. Beautiful classic filled with magic and realism. Little Women. Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles. Flicka 2. Touching horse story wrangles tough issue of loss. Black Beauty I love this book! It is awesome! Muhammad Nour - January 14, The book was very great, and reading was very very very good Thanks so much Brooklynn - October 30, Subject: Black beauty the book is a very well written!

I've read this book more than once and i just cant stop its so good! Ashraya Raj Budhathoki - October 22, Subject: BB this is sooo good that I want to give 6 stars to it: Yung - July 28, Subject: Black Beauty Beautiful book and read very well.

Loved it! Mike - February 1, Subject: December 31, the book is way too long. Tamsin - December 26, Subject: Amazing I really like this book it was possibly the best thing I've ever read. Andrew - December 20, Subject: The most time-wasting, boring piece of literature ever exposed to me.

Mike Barnaba - December 19, Subject: Manya - May 26, Subject: May 26 Amazing this book is extraordinary beautiful! Paige - November 5, I love this book, amazing work by Anna.

I would read this book over and over again. Baetot03 - September 9, Subject: Black beauty Great book! Gets a little boring later on and some of the words are a little confusing but other than that this was a truly wonderful story. Kraken - July 22, Subject: Black beauty I think this book is sad at first bu it gets better as it goes on. Kraken - July 13, Subject: I love this book I think the book is awesome i like it.

Christian - April 22, Subject: Great reader, also! November 26, Subject: Black Beauty great book. November 25, I loved the book, it was very exciting. Wendy - September 11, I loved this story, and very well read. I'm just about to get to cannibalism. Personally I think that to relief an animal of useless pain could be better but only slightly - as whether or not they are stunned, animals will lose their lives anyway.

But I'm sure there will be some compassionate souls who will advocate for less painful methods of killing them. Also, it is this Hallal practice that made one of my favorite Sufi poets, Bulleh Shah, comment "Hallal nalo murdar bhala" dead is better than Hallal food - arguing that he could rather eat the dead than Hallal food.

At first, I could not understand what was so barbarous about cannibalism? I mean the dead they eat are If anything, it is a better utilization of resources. Think of all the proteins, minerals and stuff. Moreover, you will either bury or burn your dead. And it saves money too, think of it, the dead could finance the food served in their own funeral! And before you give reasons of sentiments of their family, I agree, the dead are someone's parents who have, for years, fed their children.

Do you think they will grudge them a last nutritious meal? In case they are someone's significant other, remember, lovers bite each-other all the time. And you can spare the bones for your beloved dog.

Why make the distinction at all? Because of that superiority complex again? Because it will make non-vegetarians comfortable? There you go, the whole beef and pork thing all over again. I prefer cannibal. It sounds sexier. And while we are at it, let us include vegetarians too - it is only human ignorance which makes us presume that just because plants can't scream, they don't feel the pain. Lack of sensory evidence, friend. We all kill, cause pain, to eat.

We are all cannibals. If you were struck in an island with corpse of a friend who just died and a living animal, won't it be more humane to eat the corpse instead of killing the beast for food? Why kill living animals, when we can have dead humans? View all 82 comments. Apr 20, Carol rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A few heartbreaking stories are told here, but the positive, encouraging message "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.

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Dec 26, Melody rated it it was amazing. 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.

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It I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. It's a wonderful book. View all 7 comments. Dec 06, Manybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Anna Sewell's evocative, poignant and yes, often devastatingly brutal autobiography of a horse, her Black Beauty , is a novel which even though I very much and dearly cherish and appreciate and consider it even a personal favourite , I am also glad to have first read as an adult, and NOT as a child.

For with horses being amongst my favourite animals, particularly Black Beauty's many many trials and tribulations, his often neglectful and at times even deliberately cruelly abusive grooms and Anna Sewell's evocative, poignant and yes, often devastatingly brutal autobiography of a horse, her Black Beauty , is a novel which even though I very much and dearly cherish and appreciate and consider it even a personal favourite , I am also glad to have first read as an adult, and NOT as a child.

For with horses being amongst my favourite animals, particularly Black Beauty's many many trials and tribulations, his often neglectful and at times even deliberately cruelly abusive grooms and owners, the fact that there are also horses depicted who succumb, who perish due to abuse and neglect with poor Ginger's suffering and death being especially sad, heartbreaking and infuriating , all this would have likely been much much too saddening for my sensitive childhood self and indeed, I would thus not automatically recommend Black Beauty for younger children, and would also strongly encourage parents and caregivers to pre-read the novel, to check if the subject matter could perhaps not be too much for very sensitive children, and especially children who are ethical vegetarians or vegans.

But as an adult and I first read Black Beauty at around age twenty or so , I can not only appreciate both Beauty's life story, but also and perhaps even more so the historical fact that Anna Sewell's masterpiece written with pathos, understanding, humanity, but also with gentleness and tenderness actually did have a profound and socially relevant effect in so far that particularly in Great Britain, there was a deliberate move started to make life easier and less strenuous, less harsh for especially work and carriage horses the eventual banning of the bearing reign which caused horses' heads to basically be yanked into a permanently unnaturally high position, and the even more horrid docking, cutting of horses' tails were two of the most well-known and necessary changes brought about partially due to the popularity of Black Beauty and the public outcry its publication engendered.

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Now Black Beauty is in many ways a narrator who thinks and feels as a human being, albeit he is also not ever a typical anthropomorphic human-like entity, as he cannot speak, and still looks, moves and acts like a typical horse. And this is actually the case with most of the other horse characters described in Black Beauty , as Ginger, Merrylegs, even Beauty's own mother all think and emote as humans would, with their thoughts and musings presented by Anna Sewell, but always they do act and react like typical horses, not like horses in a humanoid costume, a for me profound and appreciated consideration, as I have never truly enjoyed very anthropomorphic animals all that much, especially if they act not according to their nature, but according to how humans would act and react thus, if Black Beauty were to have actually spoken aloud, if he had been depicted as a quasi talking horse, I would definitely not have enjoyed his story quite as much.

And while Anna Sewell's masterpiece does, indeed, hold very clear and powerful pleas for a change in attitudes towards horses, towards poverty, it is nevertheless Black Beauty's own story that shines through Black Beauty is thus not simply preachiness, and while the messages are obvious and thankfully strongly and impassionately presented, the plot, the themes, the tale itself always comes first and is as readable and as approachable today as it was in the late 19th century, when it was first published.

View all 16 comments. Oct 30, Mike the Paladin rated it did not like it. I'm sorry, I read this book when I was 6 or 7 and it almost scarred me for life.. 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 I'm sorry, I read this book when I was 6 or 7 and it almost scarred me for life..

Neither the books nor the movies did I take them to. If they want to read them later on their own, that's up to them. There is a spoiler below line. Update Jan. There has been a lot of "controversy" over my dislike of this book as there has been over my reviews of Old Yeller, The Yearling, etc. This was I think the first book my dad bought me when it became clear I was reading well beyond my "school fellows" I was 6 I think.

I hated this book. I still retain the picture in my mind of Ginger being removed lolling head and all. In my life I've had enough of pain.

As a kid on a farm I had 2 dogs shot lost a dog to distemper and had to deal with deaths of other animals I loved. I also had to deal with the loss of people I loved. My dad and mom were of the generation that said, "their just animals". I believe they thought that stories like The Yearling, The Red Pony and so on toughened kids up and prepared them for life.

The fact I actually loved my pets was almost foreign to them. They saw no difference or little difference in a dog and a hog or a beef cow or whatever. I have dealt with the actual pain of loss in life and I see no reason to spend good time and money to experience artificial emotional pain.

Yes life can be hard, but love is worth it.

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In the darkest view of things to love anyone or anything is a down-payment on pain. To love a pet or a person one of you will in most cases die first. Still to concentrate on that misses the truth that with pain there is a time of love. Lewis said: Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.

Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change.

It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. It actually helps build those walls. As I noted. The books still exist.

If my kids choose to read them they can. They're both adults now. I think they actually effected me negatively and chose not to expose my kids to them. Had one of them brought one of these books home from the school library I'd have warned them it was sad but they would then have read it, I wouldn't have forbidden it. I just didn't choose to supply that experience. We have lost pets to death and from that I think they have understood that life ends.

Their mother my wife died in They know people you love pass. I don't think children need these books to "get it". Each parent will decide on their own Each here may rate and review them as they see fit I've lived life and don't need my free time reading or indeed viewing to tell me how life can hurt. View all 48 comments.

Oct 24, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Another Sewe Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy.

Another Sewell story. On her way home, driving her own trap, she was able to tell that her horse picked up a stone simply though the reins. Sewell was an awesome woman. Sewell was truly a horsewoman and an educator, both of which are on display in Black Beauty. The plot deals with the abuse and mistreatment of horses; it teaches and raises awareness while it entertains. Sewell respects readers of all ages enough not to shy away from unpleasentness, though she never ever descends into shock value and disregards more pressing questions for the adult reader wonders if Beauty is a gelding.

She makes both her animal and human characters real and doesn't over romantize the story, as has been done in some adaptions of her work.

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View all 17 comments. Dec 21, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: Very cute story and who wouldn't enjoy a story told from point of view of a horse. It brings animal abuse to the light of day which is a good thing. View 2 comments. Do not be expecting an objective review here.

I have loved this book since a copy was given to me at the end of my sixth grade school year and have read it so many times I practically know it by heart. And as a matter of fact, I still have that very book! Here is the GR link for it, which did not take me nearly as long to find as I thought it might there are nearly editions of Black Beauty listed. The story follows Black Beauty from his days as a foa Do not be expecting an objective review here.

The story follows Black Beauty from his days as a foal through training, happy times, sad days, and many unexpected changes in both living and working conditions. We meet the people around him: We get to know his friends: Merrylegs the pony, Ginger the high-spirited chestnut mare, Captain the ex-cavalry horse who survived what my adult self recognizes as the Charge Of The Light Brigade in the Crimean war. Throughout the book we witness the cruel treatment many horses received during Black Beauty's day.

As frightening as city streets can be in modern times, with drivers of all skill levels behind the wheels of cars of all shapes and sizes, the London streets of the past would have been much much worse. Cars at least don't think for themselves. But imagine the horses! Being told what to do and where to go, but still with their own brains at work.

If one got scared, it could trigger a catastrophe all around. This book was meant to show the inhumane treatment of horses, and to suggest better ways to behave. I have read a few copycat books written not long after Black Beauty was published, but this is the only one that gets the point across without being annoyingly preachy or interrupting the flow of the story.

I thought Sewell's methods were quite effective. Black Beauty was my dream horse when I was younger, as I am sure he will be for many girls for years to come. It would be poetic for me to say that I thought of this book when I began working with horses myself, and remembered to use Sewell's gentle and friendly approach. But I loved any and all horses so much that it never would have occurred to me to behave any other way.

View all 9 comments. Aug 28, Lisa Vegan rated it liked it Recommends it for: This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses. 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 This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses.

Not for the overly sensitive but a beautifully told story. Terrific one for teaching empathy for non human animals. View all 29 comments. View 1 comment. Jan 23, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: A timeless story that should be required reading for everyone, whatever the age.

When this book was written, horses were used for every kind of pleasure and work, and were part of most upper class households.Beauty's friends are hard to forget, especially high-spirited Ginger. Sewell was an awesome woman. Born into a strict Quaker family who lived at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, she was brought up to believe in the importance of self-reliance, moral responsibility and 'tender consideration for the Creatures of God'.

After being ridden by Lord George in a steeplechase her back is strained.

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