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Black Beauty (edition 1986)
by Robin McKinley (Adapter), Anna Sewell (Author), Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
A Storybook Edition of Anna Sewell's Classic Black Beauty [adapted - McKinley] by Susan Jeffers
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394865758, Hardcover)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. (Ages 9 to 12)
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:19 -0400)
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
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