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Black Beauty is a perennial children's favourite, one which has never been out of print since its publication in 1877. It is a moralistic tale of the life of the horse related in the form of an autobiography, describing the world through the eyes of the creature. In taking this anthropomorphic approach, the author Anna Sewell broke new literary ground and her effective storytelling ability makes it very easy for the reader to accept the premise that a horse is recounting the exploits in the narrative.

The gentle thoroughbred, Black Beauty, is raised with care and is treated well until a vicious groom injures him. The damaged horse is then sold to various masters at whose hands he experiences cruelty and neglect. After many unpleasant episodes, including one where he becomes a painfully overworked cab horse in London, Black Beauty finally canters towards a happy ending. Although Anna Sewell's classic is set firmly in the Victorian period, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.

There have been many film and television adaptations of the story, but it is only the novel that captures the authentic voice of the central character.

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16th January '18
zainab's read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Black Beauty 9781840227611
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I really enjoyed this book because I'm really interested in animals and adventure.  Even though the main character was a horse, I felt it was like a person with feelings and opinions . The characters were kind, some were mean. My favourite two characters were Ginger [a bad tempered horse] and Black Beauty [the main character who is kind, thoughtful and brave].   
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About Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell (1820-78) was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Black Beauty, her only book, was completed and published in 1877, just a few months before she died, so she did not live to know of the book's huge success. Apart from being a good story, Black Beauty was instrumental in changing people's attitudes towards horses, and domestic animals in general....

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