Saturday, November 8, 2014

Black Beauty

Title: Black Beauty (Classic)
Author: Anna Sewell
Summary: 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.
 

Review: Stunning. This is the captivating tale of a young horse that is talented and well cared for, but later has to endure life's hardships, managing to survive. Sad but brilliant, Anna Sewell captures a horse's spirit, and with your attention she gives you a beautiful tale, concluded amazingly. Intoxicating, and fabulous.

Recommended for: Fans of animals, sad but beautiful tales, slow books, and classics.

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