Black Beauty (Paperback)
Anna Sewell's classic book tells the story of Black Beauty, a handsome horse who is born and raised in happy circumstances. Unfortunately, in Victorian England horses were used much as people use cars today: they were things to be bought, sold and gotten rid of when they were no longer useful. Black Beauty is first sold to a good home, but as time passes he is sold again and again--and not always to people who treat him kindly or even give him common care. There are adventures aplenty, like a stable fire and a dangerous bridge; there are many memorable characters, like the horse Ginger and the kind cabbie Jerry. All of them are seen from Black Beauty's point of view, and beautifully, perfectly described. All in all Black Beauty is a very fine book, and one that every parent should place in the hands of their children.
About the Author
Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, into a devoutly Quaker family. Her mother, Mary Wright Sewell (1798-1884) was a successful author of children's books. She had one sibling, a younger brother named Philip and was largely educated at home. When Anna was twelve, the family moved to Stoke Newington where she attended school for the first time. Two years later, however, she slipped while walking home from school and severely injured both of her ankles. Her father took a job in Brighton in 1836, in the hope that the climate there would help to cure her. Despite this, and most likely because of mistreatment of her injury, for the rest of her life Anna was unable to stand without a crutch or to walk for any length of time. For greater mobility, she frequently used horse-drawn carriages, which contributed to her love of horses and concern for the humane treatment of animals.