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Black Beauty

Sewell, Anna

ISBN 10: 1619490838 / ISBN 13: 9781619490833
Published by Sewell Press, 2011
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Title: Black Beauty

Publisher: Sewell Press

Publication Date: 2011

Book Condition:Very Good

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Although Black Beauty has been regarded as a children s story due to its use of a horse as first-person narrator, the classic work has appealed to adults as well since its first publication. Nor was the novel intended for children alone. Sewell professed her hope that the story would be a positive influence on the treatment of horses in the 19th century. The popularity of Black Beauty did contribute to a greater awareness of the treatment of animals. In addition, the innate morality, gentleness, and quiet endurance of its protagonist provide a model for the treatment of other human beings.


A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.

Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century way--against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all. (Ages 9 to 12)

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