Black Beauty

The Autobiography of A Horse

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Black Beauty
Penguin Putnam
A handsome horse with a glossy black coat and a pretty white star on his forehead, Black Beauty seems to lead a charmed life. Although his mother warns him that there are 'bad, cruel men' in the world, he begins his life in a happy home, with a friendly groom to look after him and plenty to eat. However, when a change of circumstances means that he is sold, he soon discovers the truth of his mother's words. Anna Sewell's moving story is one of the best-loved animal adventures ever written.

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

& Taylor

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
Follows the life story of Black Beauty, a magnificent horse who is unwillingly sold by a beloved master and who lives a life of hard labor at the hands of cruel and ignorant humans until he is rescued by a kind family.

Publisher: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c1945
ISBN: 0448409429
Branch Call Number: J FIC S
Characteristics: 301 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Eichenberg, Fritz 1901-1990, Illustrator, ill


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Aug 15, 2014
  • J_Hao rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

it's a very intresting book

Aug 14, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Aug 14, 2014
  • Taylorkate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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. :)

Jul 14, 2014
  • katherinekar rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 04, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 28, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 22, 2012
  • jeanner222 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

We have no right to distress any of God’s creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.

In her classic novel for children, Ms. Sewell gives words to a horse named Beauty. In short, Beauty’s life is defined by his owners’ treatment of him, both good and bad. Thankfully, there is a happy ending.

Unfortunately, this is a very dull and tedious novel. Nothing happens. Since the main character is a horse, the reader really has no one with whom he/she can identify. It is difficult to believe that this novel is considered to be a classic. Published in 1877, it is little more than Sewell’s attempt to encourage more humane treatment of horses. I cannot imagine a child actually enjoying this novel, not even my horse-loving nephew.


Jul 22, 2012
  • rexivan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my first time reading a book in a horse's perspective, and I was kind of doubtful at first, but after finishing it, I could not believe that I haven't read this book before. It is categorized as a children's story, but truthfully, this is a story that everyone needs to read.

Before reading this, I never even thought of what might be happening inside a horse's head, but now and forever, I will never ride horseback riding without having a good look at the horse's master. Black Beauty will make you smile because it shows the beauty of the kindness of people, and also cry at the cruelty that some horses faced and still do.

An eye-opening book!

I read this book when I was younger, it was an amazing book.

Mar 13, 2012
  • H22818313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awsome book old too but thats why i loved it very itreging and more heart stopping action i think there were a lot of beautiful moments in this book and they way it decribed the medow i just about fainted it was very well writen !

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Mar 13, 2012
  • H22818313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

"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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