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Black Beauty
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Illustrator: Charlotte Hough
Published: November 1, 1994 (first published November 24, 1877)
ISBN: 0140366849
ISBN13: 9780140366846
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 265
Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship… Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home? Carefully retold in clear contemporary language, and presented with delightful illustrations, these favorite classic stories capture the heart and imagination of young readers. By retelling the story in a shorter, simpler form, these books become highly engaging for children, and the color illustrations help with both comprehension and interest level. Black Beauty is part of a collectible series that has strong gift appeal.

This book is an autobiography of a horse named Black Beauty, where he shares the story of a horse's life. As an animal lover myself; heck I even wished to have a horse of my own when I was young, the story is really touching and moving. Although the market of the book is children and young adults, it doesn’t matter so long as you’re an animal lover.

As the synopsis tells us, Beauty learns that not all humans are kind. And this indeed is very true. It is way beyond good luck when these creatures in general find a safe and loving home, where they can trust their masters or parents with their lives. It also angers me whenever I see some videos of an abused animal, rather being killed for no reason on social medias. Humans are the most vile and violent creature ever, and as much as I hate to iterate it, we humans are even more animal than these gentle animals themselves.

I don't know much about horses, but reading Black Beauty, I've came to realize that there's more to them than just horses. In Manila, we still have the carriages or kalesa in Filipino, which goes on around the city. Whenever I see some worn-out horses way back in college and their drivers whipping them, I somewhat felt pity for the horse. I'm sure they are dead tired from a day's work, and knowing the weather here in the Philippines specially during summer, God knows what. But then I wouldn't dare mind their business, giving the benefit of the doubt, I'm sure they do love their horses more than what I'm seeing.

So, I'm giving this book a rate of 4.5; not only it's a good read, but it also teaches us that we must take care of these creatures as we do take cake of ourselves, our own children, or our own family or friends. For they also have life, a feeling that they can't utter in words but just in actions, and much more.

4.5Overall Score

Black Beauty

This book is an autobiography of a horse named Black Beauty, where he shares the story of a horse’s life. As an animal lover myself; heck I even wished to have a horse of my own when I was ...

  • Plot
    4.7
  • Characters
    4.5
  • Pacing
    4.2
Read From: June 11 - 14, 2018 (Re-read)

About the Author

Anna Sewell was born on March 30, 1820, in 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 the children’s classic Black Beauty (1877), a fictional autobiography of a gentle, high-bred horse. She died of hepatitis in 1878, just five months after her book was published.

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