Black Beauty, a handsome well-born, well-bred horse of the era before automobiles, narrates the story. He is initially owned by kind masters but is sold to successively crueler owners. Eventually he collapses from overwork and ill treatment, but in the end he is sold to another kind owner and recovers. Beauty is an ideal horse—obedient, willing, intelligent, and courageous.
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Skip to Content. Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Also about horses and their care. Lots of meaningful lessons about how to treat animals kindly. People may talk as they like about their religion, but if it doesn't teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
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Anna Sewell March 30, — April 25, was a British novelist who had only one published book — Black Beauty — to her name. Her father was a shopkeeper and bank clerk whose unstable income created great hardship for the family. Anna and her brother Phillip were mainly educated at home by their mother. At age 12, Anna began going to school for the first time after the family moved to Stoke Newington.
Rereading them as an adult can reveal layers of meaning not obvious to a younger reader. Written as a first person narrative by the title character, it was originally conceived as a plea for compassion in the treatment of working horses in much the same way as The Water Babies was a campaigning tract about the treatment of child chimney sweeps. Stripped of its social and historical context it is now a straightforward story about the life of a horse. But I was struck on reading the novel how clearly it also reads as an anti-slavery tract. Forget for a minute that this is a book about horses, and read these lines from early in chapter one:.