Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
Here is the compelling tale of a spirited young Thoroughbred that captured the hearts of readers throughout Victorian England when it was first published in 1877. This masterfully illustrated classic is skillfully adapted by Newbery Award-winning author Robin McKinley and remains faithful to the original. With simple text to read aloud to young children, it's little wonder that The Boston Globe says it is "certain to quicken the hearts of young horse lovers." A timeless tale of courage, hope, and strength guaranteed to delight a new generation of readers.

Baker & Taylor
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [c1993]
ISBN: 9780679428114
0679428119
Characteristics: 281 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kemp-Welch, Lucy 1869-1958

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Sherwynwang
Jul 16, 2017

I hope I like this book

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black_horse_628
Sep 28, 2016

I loved this book so much! I love how it was from the point of view of Black Beauty himself. You can rarely find books like this one.

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JDwyer439
Jun 30, 2016

I loved this book because you can imagine the feelings of the horse and how many things it had to go through throughout his life.

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blue_horse_2854
Jun 01, 2016

This was the first book I got from the library and it instantly became my favorite book. I'm a strong horse lover (as you can tell from my user name) and this classic book was one of the best horse books that I've read. I LOVE IT!!! <3 <3 <3
For any age that wants to read it!! If you want to read a classic book read this one.

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Chihuahualover
Dec 02, 2015

THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Man123
Aug 14, 2014

COOL HORSE

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Taylorkate
Aug 14, 2014

It was AMAZING!!!!!! I loved the ending how Black Beauty had a good home and the writer didn't include the horse dying like some horse books do. I am So glad I read it. :)

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katherinekar
Jul 14, 2014

It is a great book, superb for young readers too. This book should be more popular, as it teaches you a lesson and is excellent literature.

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julia_sedai
Jun 04, 2014

I love most books about horses and this one is no exception, but the author definitely uses the book from an animal's perspective in a preachy sort of way. However, I recommend it. There's a lot of good stuff in it and it's really interesting to see what people's (and horses) lives were like back then.

crankylibrarian Apr 28, 2013

It's a bit pedantic, with no real plot; just a series of episodes in the life of one extremely unlucky horse. It's similar to Uncle Tom's Cabin: both were written by religious 19th century women to condemn a social ill. Both feature goodhearted, intelligent protagonists who refuse to hate or condemn their oppressors, but who suffer due to the cruelty and stupidity of their owners.Through Beauty's experiences, we see all the misery caused by poverty, alcohol, war, fashion, callousness and just plain stupidity. The human misery is intertwined with that of the animals, Sewell makes it clear that abused people tend to abuse animals, sometimes unwillingly. Lots of speeches about ignorance, alcohol, and the importance of a Sunday off.

Still there are a lot of good lessons. I like the juxtaposition of the good poor family and the good rich family; there are also stupid, mean poor people AND rich people, good children AND bad children. Sewell's point seems to be that though poor people may have a better excuse to treat their animals poorly, this is still a choice, and everyone is happier when they make an effort to be humane.

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Man123
Aug 14, 2014

FUN

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H22818313
Mar 13, 2012

summary great rea i strongly advise you to read this because its just amazing i tellyou !

lms May 09, 2008

"McKinley has managed to retain Beauty's unique voice. This version brings back the sharpened cruelty towards Beauty and his companions, and McKinley has rightfully retained the pain and the sadness of some of the incidents. Children will still weep at the death of Ginger, and Jeffer's portrayal of the fire is quite frightening." (Novelist Review)

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