Black Beauty

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell
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Overview

Black Beauty is Anna Sewell's only novel, composed in the last years of her life between 1871 and 1877 while confined to her house as an invalid.The story is told in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by a horse named Black Beauty-beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780244967734
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Born in 1820, English writer Anna Sewell was a horse lover and is best known for her novel Black Beauty.

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My Early Home
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Table of Contents

Part 1

1 My Early Home 11

2 The Hunt 14

3 My Breaking In 18

4 Birtwick Park 23

5 A Fair Start 26

6 Liberty 30

7 Ginger 32

8 Ginger's Story Continued 37

9 Merrylegs 41

10 A Talk in the Orchard 44

11 Plain Speaking 49

12 A Stormy Day 52

13 The Devil's Trade Mark 56

14 James Howard 60

15 The Old Ostler 63

16 The Fire! 66

17 John Manly's Talk 71

18 Going for the Doctor 75

19 Only Ignorance 79

20 Joe Green 81

21 The Parting 85

Part 2

22 Earlshall 91

23 A Strike for Liberty 95

24 The Lady Anne 99

25 Reuben Smith 106

26 How it Ended 109

27 Ruined, and Going Down-hill 112

28 A lob-horse and His Drivers 116

29 Cockneys 120

30 A Thief 125

31 A Humbug 128

Part 3

32 A Horse Fair 133

33 A London Cab Horse 138

34 An Old War Horse 142

35 Jerry Barker 148

36 The Sunday Cab 153

37 The Golden Rule 157

38 Dolly and a Real Gentleman 160

39 Seedy Sam 164

40 Poor Ginger 168

41 The Butcher 170

42 The Election 173

43 A Friend in Need 175

44 Old Captain and His Successor 179

45 Jerry's New Year 183

Part 4

46 Jakes and the Lady 191

47 Hard Times 195

48 Farmer Thoroughgood and His Grandson Willie 199

49 My Last Home 204

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"[Simon Vance's] narration makes a heartfelt story into a listening experience for the family to share together." —-AudioFile

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Black Beauty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 592 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, it was a late in the evening at the local library. I was a young girl, barely eight years old and I was struggling with some very difficult situations at home. There was a rift in my family, centered around me and it caused me to burrow into myself, not allowing for the easy childhood friendships that I should have had. At that time I was discovering books, but they were not quite what I was looking for. Sort of like picking up appears to be a soft drink and finding out it's really tea. Bearable, but not quite right. So I went looking for a book, not because I was aware of what I really needed, but because my young soul was lonely and broken. Black Beauty and I spent much of the next few weeks together as I read and then reread the story over and again. He understood my pain like no one else ever could. Together we raced the wind under fair weather and toiled up great hills against odds that no one should ever have had to face. He was my companion, as I was his. Recently, I picked up the book again and found myself dwelling on those long ago days. I can still remember the feel of soft grass as I lay with Black Beauty, full of pain but still able to gaze upon the bright flowers around me. To be able to see beauty, even when life is not at its best, was the gift that I most needed and the lesson that the story teaches us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Beauty is a great book about a horse. It's a book about a horse's life and his point of view about life.Black Beauty expresses his so well you would think Anna Sewell the author was actually a horse because she knows so much about a horse's point of view and their lives. This book is so wonderful that sometimes it seems as if you want to be a horse just like Black Beauty! This is by far the greatest classic I have ever read! I will remember this book forever because of Black Beauty's loyalty to his owners no matter how much he was mistreated by some of them! Black Beauty will always stand in my mind as the greatest horse book of all times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iiked this book very much i think everyone in the entire world should read it.
Amelia Johnson More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! When I had to stop reading it, I would go "Just a few more pages!" It was very captivating to me. Beware that it has many typos but they are easy to skip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Beauty is one of my favorite books. I have read it at least three times! The story Anna Sewell spins is truly amazing. She takes you back into the times of horse and buggy and shows you so many different types of characters. Anna points out right and wrong as you read her book. Black Beauty is constantly changing owners, he goes from a nice caretaker to harsh abusive owners and back again. The book is really good, especially if you are a horse lover. I recommend this book to anybody crazy about horses and people ranging from ten to adults. I think the book can be enjoyed by just about anybody. If you have read Black Beauty and enjoyed it Rose's Story is also a good book. It is the second book in The Girls Of Lighthouse Lane series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells how a horse would think if they thought as humans, and maybe they do to an extent. It also tells of the many ways in which a horse is used as a beast of burden as well as how they are a friend of man. Good to be read to any child and good to be read by older children and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ama 10 year old girl and i am in the fifth grade and i love this seventh grade and halft and i go to moore intermedia school and it is worth eleven points at my school an the book level is 7.7 and this book is for young aludts : *)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was little, I saw the movie with my family, so the book already had a really strong emotional appeal to me. It is one of my all-time favorites, and I recommend it to ANYONE who likes books. It's a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Beauty is a wonderful story. It lead to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals. The book is relevant even today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it to my little bro. every night. We are not done yet so that is why l gave a 4 star rateing. Go no grammar! Lol! (If you read the book on here you would understand what l ment by that.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, thoughtful, timeless classic. There's a reason this book keeps being reprinted - and its because you can never stop learning from this book. You can use it in your life with people, or when you work with animals. In this book you will watch a playful colt grow up to experience many things. Some kind, some not. You will meet his friends and hopefully fall in love with this book the same way I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i have read it like 7 times and i am in 7th grade and i think it is a really great book and if i could i would read it over and over and over agin all im tring to say is EVERYONE should read this great book and is great for all ages !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Beauty tells of a horse's journey from home to home. Black Beauty has some homes that treat him good and some that treat him him badly. One place he goes takes Black Beauty inside their house to draw his picture and he leaves them a surprice on the floor. If you like books that make you laugh, cry, or become happy for the characters you should read Black Beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally recomened this book. It is a heart warming story. I have read it and I loved it. If you love animals....... READ THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its very sad but soo good i feel bad for ginger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great classic novel that your kids will love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. I really like it! It has sad parts. Detiled good. It has lots of horses in it. If you like horses you might like it. If you don't like horses you might like it also
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I`m adiccted to Margurite Henry books. Black Bueaty was the first horse book I had read. I don`t like it as much as books like Misty of Chincoteague, Black Gold, or Stormy, Misty`s Foal. But it`s still a great book. A classic. And if you enjoy horse books, than you`ll enjoy Black Bueaty!
celineM More than 1 year ago
at first im hesitant if im going to read and finish the this book when my friend gave this to me as a gift, but when i started exploring each pages and the story,i got addicted to it.It has been part of my life from then on and so  that when i grow old and have some grandchildren,ill be proud to say that i have this book as my gold collection -a treasure that no one can steal from me.I suggest that everyone who MUST buy it because its a PERFECT  book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 and I would recomend ages 8-14 its a great book, Have a great time Angelina
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot because it captures a horses true feelings about daily life, getting new owners, and many other things they feel. You will respect horses a lot more if you read this good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nods silently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recamend this book becauseit is so incredable you'll like it even more than you're favorote book.