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Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: The Graphic Novel [adapted - Graphic Novel…

by Anna Sewell Gail Carson Levine

Other authors: June Brigman (Adapter)

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God I fucking hate horses and absolutely fucking everything about them. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
The story is narrated in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by a horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.[1]

[edit] Background
Crippled and unable to walk since a young child, Anna Sewell began learning about horses early in life, spending many hours driving her father to and from the station from which he commuted to work. Sewell's introduction to writing began in her youth when she helped edit the works of her mother, Mary Wright Sewell (1797-1884), a deeply religious, popular author of juvenile best-sellers. By telling the story of a horse's life in the form of an autobiography and describing the world through the eyes of the horse, Anna Sewell broke new literary ground.[3]

Sewell said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"[1]—an influence she attributed to an essay on animals she read earlier by Horace Bushnell (1802-1876) entitled "Essay on Animals".[4] Her sympathetic portrayal of the plight of working animals led to a vast outpouring of concern for animal welfare and is said to have been instrumental in abolishing the cruel practice of using the checkrein (or "bearing rein", a strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck).[3] Black Beauty also contains two pages about the use of blinders (calling them blinkers) on horses, concluding that this use is likely to cause accidents at night due to interference with "the full use of" a horse's ability to "see much better in the dark than men can."

"There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham."

—Black Beauty, Chapter 13, last paragraph.
The book describes conditions among London horse-drawn taxicab drivers, including the financial hardship caused to them by high licence fees and low legally-fixed fares. A page footnote in some editions says that soon after the book was published, the difference between 6-day taxicab licences (not allowed to trade on Sundays) and 7-day taxicab licences (allowed to trade on Sundays) was abolished and the taxicab licence fee was much reduced.

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[edit] Horses
Black Beauty/Black Auster/Jack/Darkie—The narrator of the story, a handsome black horse. He begins his career as a carriage horse for wealthy people but when he "breaks his knees" (i.e. develops scars on his "knees"--anatomically, wrists—after a bad fall) he is no longer considered presentable enough and is put to much harder work. He passes through the hands of a series of owners, some cruel, some kind. He always tries his best to serve humans despite the circumstance.
Duchess/Pet—Beauty's mother, who encourages Beauty to be good from a young age.
Rob Roy—A fellow black horse from Beauty's original farm. We later learn that he was Beauty's half-brother, an older son of Duchess.
Lizzie— A highly-strung nervous mare who Lady Anne rides one day and is spooked until Black Beauty comes to her aid with his rider.
Ginger—Named for her chestnut colour and her habit of biting, which is often how the spice, ginger, is described. Ginger is a more aggressive horse due to her traumatic upbringing.
Merrylegs—A short, handsome pony who is polite to humans and horses alike.
Sir Oliver—An older horse who had his tail docked to his great annoyance and discomfort.
Rory—A job horse who usually got paired up with Black Beauty. Became a coal carting horse after getting hit in the chest by a runaway cart.
Peggy—A hired horse who cannot run so fast due to her short legs.
Captain—A former army horse who witnessed horrific incidents in the Crimean War, although he was well treated and received no wounds. He lost his beloved master in the Charge of the Light Brigade.He was a cab horse for Jerry also.
Hotspur—A five year old horse bought to replace Captain.
Justice—A calm, peaceable horse Beauty meets at Birtwick Park.

[edit] Beauty's owners

This copy of the first edition of the book was dedicated by the author to her mother. It was auctioned off at Christie's in London in June 2006 for £33,000.Farmer Grey—Beauty's first owner, a good kind man who trains him well.
Squire Gordon—owner of Birtwick Park, a fine rider, and boss of John, James, and Joe.
Earl of W-—An unnamed Lord who uses Black Beauty as a carriage horse.
Reuben Smith—A handsome and charming young man whose downfall is caused by his alcoholism. He injures Black Beauty badly by riding him too hard while drunk.
Mr. Barry—A man who tries to treat horses well, but lacks knowledge on horse care.
Jerry—A kind owner who uses Beauty as a cab horse. AKA Jeremiah Barker. Also owner of Captain and Hotspur.
Jakes—An owner who uses Beauty as a work horse, forcing him to carry heavy loads.
Nicholas Skinner—A ruthless cab horse owner who wears out horses through hard work and mistreatment.
Farmer Thoroughgood—A kind owner who cares for Black Beauty when he is at his weakest.
The three ladies—His final home were he spent the rest of his days very well treated.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
God I fucking hate horses and absolutely fucking everything about them. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
God I fucking hate horses and absolutely fucking everything about them. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
This book is a story from a horse's point of view. Black Beauty tells the story of a horse who is continually bought and sold to different owners and the obstacles he faces while he is at these different places. He is treated well by some owners, and others mistreat him.

I like this book because it was one of my favorites as a kid. My little boy likes it now because he can see the pictures of the horse.

This book can be used in a science unit on mammals. It can also be used to show children that you don't mistreat animals.
  braedonsmommy2007 | Dec 7, 2010 |
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A handsome and sweet-tempered horse, Black Beauty is strong and spirited. His mother warns him that there are bad, cruel men in the world, but Black Beauty sees none of it in his fine, happy home. Until the day when he is sold, when his life changes immeasurably and he finally sees the truth in his mother’s words. As he moves from master to master, Beauty’s adventures will captivate readers, and June Brigman’s wonderful illustrations will capture their imaginations.

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A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. Presented in comic book format.

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