Anna Sewell Black Beauty

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Black Beauty

 
9780099582960: Black Beauty
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Anna Sewell was born in 1789 and lived with her family in Norfolk and then in a village on the outskirts of London. At the age of fourteen Anna injured her ankles in a fall, and was severely disabled for the rest of her life. She had to travel everywhere in horse-drawn carriages, and so Anna was always concerned with the treatment of the animals she so relied upon. She wrote Black Beauty in order to convince a wide audience of the importance of the humane treatment of animals. It is her only novel, and Anna Sewell died shortly after it's publication, little guessing how well-known and widely loved her story would become.

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"One of the greatest books ever narrated by a horse, with a fine message: be kind to animals, and they'll be kind to you" -- Michael Morpurgo Guardian "One of the most enchanting and best-loved children's stories of all time" Mail on Sunday "This was the first book that reduced me to tears - I saw what it meant to campaign ardently and successfully for an important cause." -- Esther Rantzen Daily Mail "So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" National Association for the Teaching of English

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