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Black Beauty

The Autobiography of a Horse

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Black Beauty is a spirited colt with a gentle disposition who spends his days in fresh meadows under the watchful eye of a devoted mother. But when it came time for him to leave his first home, his experiences ranged from loving kindness to cruelty. This tale of a horse whose spirit could not be broken teaches the values of kindness and humane treatment of animals. Beautifully illustrated and carefully restored from the original 1912 edition, this timeless and groundbreaking literary classic will leave an indelible impression on readers today.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 10, 2016 – In a brisk adaptation of Anna Sewell's 1877 animal story, Black Beauty recounts his early life on a farm and the accident that leads him to become a work horse in London, where he is abused by his masters. Brown illustrates in a rich, pastoral style, capturing pivotal events that include a frightening barn fire and Black Beauty's collapse on cobblestone streets. Though Brown's adaptation moves quickly through the horse's many travails, her injuries and mistreatments still strike their intended emotional chords, making her eventual reunion with the kindly groom Joe Green in the bucolic final pages feel very well-deserved. Ages 4 9.

What's New in Version 1.1

Enhancements include the inclusion of the original dedication by Anna Sewell with audio reading, subtle design enhancements, minor corrections, and other Black Beauty options to enjoy.


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Customer Reviews

Black Beauty

As a teacher, librarian and book collector, I have seen or read thousands of books, and I must say, this presentation of Black Beauty is one of the most beautiful that I have seen. I am sure that all parents, grandparents, teachers and children alike will be en-riched and delighted by reading this endearing and timeless classic. I also feel very good about recommending this book because half the proceeds are donated to the care of horses and horses helping those with disabilities.

Black Beauty, The Autobiography Of A Horse

I remember reading Black Beauty when I was a young girl. I fell in love with Black Beauty and read the book over and over again. I think it made me even more horse-crazy than I was. I was delighted to find an iPad version of this classic horse story. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous and really enhance the reading experience - so much better than a plain text version. There are lots of beautiful details that give the book a wonderful vintage feel that is just right for a story that takes place in England in the 1800's.

I can't recommend this version of Black Beauty enough - it's beautifully done. The story is compelling and is great for teaching kindness towards animals (and humans too); perfect for reading to your children or for a child to read on their own.

Black Beauty

This is a great book it’s a bit sad but still vary good

Black Beauty
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  • Free
  • Level: Grades 4 and Above
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Children's Fiction
  • Published: Sep 28, 2012
  • Publisher: Red Cat Dreams
  • Seller: J. Shepard Group Inc. DBA Red Cat Dreams
  • Print Length: 158 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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