Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: The Graphic Novel

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Puffin, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
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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 Beauty of a Book

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Do you like horses? Or books about horses? If you do Black Beauty is the right book for you. It takes place in the field, barn, and stables. This book is about what happens in Black Beauty’s life ... Read full review

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How engaging and exciting would it be to learn about a famous horse! Black Beauty is a fascinating and interesting book because it contains a fearless horse, painful owners, and many adventures. To start with, black beauty is a fearless horse because he had a very bad injury. This injury was having all his knees ruined. Next, from this horrible tragedy injury no one could ever rid him again! Even though he has an injury, he is still surviving but hasn’t recovered completely. To continue, Black Beauty had to live with mean, strict owners. He had about 5 different owners who were painful. All of them were painful expect Jerry. The owners were painful by always trading him and working him hard everyday. Then, on the other hand Jerry was a thoughtful and kind man because he took good care of Black Beauty and never traded him again. Then, from his last move to Jerry, that was where Black Beauty was injured. Furthermore, Black Beauty had many marvelous adventures. One of his adventures was being a witness in a hunting party. That adventure scared him for life. Another adventure for him was making friends. Then, becoming a horse racer and rider. Lastly, Black Beauty is an inspiring book that will help people get through tough times especially when they are hurt or injured. This is Olivia from the Piano Keys.  


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About the author (2005)

Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, on March 30, 1820. Brought up in a strict Quaker family, Anna developed a strong interest in horses as a young girl. But a crippling bone disease and a fall in 1834 left her an invalid for most of her life. By her mid-thirties she was severely lame and could only get around in a pony cart, and characteristically she would never use a whip on the animal. In 1871, she was told she had eighteen months to live, and by the end of that year, she had begun her book, Black Beauty, hoping it might make people a little kinder to their faithful horses. Although she was seriously ill, she lived long enough to finish her book and see it published in 1877. On April 25, 1878, she died at her home in Old Catton near Norwich, England. Black Beauty, an enormous success from its first appearance, was soon adopted by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and used to improve the conditions of horses everywhere.

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