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Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

1. 01 – My Early Home
2. 02 – The Hunt
3. 03 – My Breaking In
4. 04 – Birtwick Park
5. 05 – A Fair Start
6. 06 – Liberty
7. 07 – Ginger
8. 08 – Ginger’s Story Continued
9. 09 – Merrylegs
10. 10 – A Talk in the Orchard
11. 11 – Plain Speaking
12. 12 – A Stormy Day
13. 13 – The Devil’s Trade Mark
14. 14 – James Howard
15. 15 – The Old Ostler
16. 16 – The Fire
17. 17 – John Manly’s Talk
18. 18 – Going for the Doctor
19. 19 – Only Ignorance
20. 20 – Joe Green
21. 21 – The Parting
22. 22 – Earlshall
23. 23 – A Strike for Liberty
24. 24 – The Lady Anne, or a Runaway Horse
25. 25 – Reuben Smith
26. 26 – How it Ended
27. 27 – Ruined and Going Downhill
28. 28 – A Job Horse and His Drivers
29. 29 – Cockneys
30. 30 – A Thief
31. 31 – A Humbug
32. 32 – A Horse Fair
33. 33 – A London Cab Horse
34. 34 – An Old War Horse
35. 35 – Jerry Barker
36. 36 – The Sunday Cab
37. 37 – The Golden Rule
38. 38 – Dolly and a Real Gentleman
39. 39 – Seedy Sam
40. 40 – Poor Ginger
41. 41 – The Butcher
42. 42 – The Election
43. 43 – A Friend in Need
44. 44 – Old Captain and His Successor
45. 45 – Jerry’s New Year
46. 46 – Jakes and the Lady
47. 47 – Hard Times
48. 48 – Farmer Thoroughgood and His Grandson Willie
49. 49 – My Last Home

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Summary

This unique tale is narrated by a lovely, gentle horse named Black Beauty and has remained a children's classic since it was first published in 1877. It earned eternal name and fame for its author Anna Sewell, an invalid who died within a few months of publication. According to current estimates, it has sold more than fifty million copies world wide, been translated into many languages and delighted generations of children. The original title page reads: Black Beauty: Translated from the original Equine by Anna Sewell and this gives the reader an instant glimpse into what the book will be about. As an autobiography written by a horse and told from his point of view, it was indeed an original and unique concept for the time. Strangely enough, Anna Sewell never intended the book to be exclusively read by children. She meant it to be a manual for those who worked with horses so that they would develop more compassion and kindness when dealing with these mute beasts. While it apparently talks about animals, the book is a great source of education for human beings too and teaches them how to treat each other with respect, dignity and kindness. The famous opening lines, “The first place I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow....” set the tone for the rest of the book. It traces the journey of the beautiful and noble horse, born in privileged circumstances whose life takes a turn for the tragic when her wealthy owner falls on hard times. Sold into a fashionable household, Beauty is ill-treated and uncared for till his health is finally broken. He is sold to a London cabbie and has to earn his keep pulling heavy carriages in all kinds of weather. The treatment of animals, their welfare and the conditions in which they're kept, the often inhuman and cruel attitude of people and animal rights are some of the topics touched upon. It is a book that can be read on several levels. For child readers, it is a delightful tale told by an animal. Adults would recognize the essential humanitarian appeal made by the author. In fact, such was the impact of the book that it led to several landmark legislations regarding animal welfare in Britain and America. Filled with memorable characters, vivid descriptions and poignant scenes, Black Beauty is indeed a fabulous book to settle in with for a pleasant read.

Reviews

leah

- black beauty

this is the best book I've ever listen to and I like this also because I love Horses

Ira

- Black beauty

This book is one of my favorite

lakegirl

- Black Beauty

Loved it!

FuwaFuwaAli

- Black Beauty

I didn't read this story but i'm about to too bc you guys say its a great book, and its a movie too on Disney + i'm going to read the book first and then watch the movie. stay home stay safe!

Alice S.

- Black beaty

not bad its interesting

Butterfly Bud

- Black Beauty

The story is simply awesome. I have been watching a movie based on the story since I was a kid

Jane

- Black Beauty

really good, I read this book 4 times already

Jane

- Black Beauty

really touching story (can't stop reading this book)

Lisa

Such a lovely story, I highly recommend :)

Kayley

- Black Beauty

A really nice story