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  • ISBN: 9780-87552-7284
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 206
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing

Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)

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This long out-of-print classic is back: Black Beauty has been a favorite animal story for almost 150 years. It’s a story of compassion and tenderness. As one character in the story says: “If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”

Animal-loving children have cherished the story Black Beauty for over a century, and no doubt will continue for decades to come, if not longer. Although Anna Sewell’s classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals can serve people well if they are treated with consideration and kindness, illustrating the Proverb that the righteous man cares for the welfare and life even of his beast (Proverbs 10:12)

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Black Beauty

Autobiography of a Horse

This long out-of-print classic is back!  Black Beauty was a favorite animal story for over 150 years. It’s a story of compassion and tenderness. As one character of the author says: “If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”

Animal-loving children cherish the story Black Beauty. Although Anna Sewell’s classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals can serve people well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.  Mrs. Sewell meant to illustrate the Proverb that the righteous man cares for the welfare and life even of his beast (Proverbs 10:12).

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 thoughtfulness will benefit others.

Recommended Reading Level:

Read to Me: Ages 5-7

Read on My Own: Ages 8 to 13

About the Author

Anna Sewell was the British author of the classic children’s horse story Black Beauty.  She was born in 1820 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. After a childhood injury, she was confined to her house as an invalid and got around largely by carriage horse. Sewell spent her last years writing her fictional autobiography of a gentle, highbred horse. She died of hepatitis in 1878, just five months after her book was published.

The Contents

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