Review: Black Beauty

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Black Beauty Review
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a beautiful story meant for older children or very young adults. It was written in the 19th century by a woman who passed away shortly after its publication. I enjoyed the story and have given it a 3 of 5 stars, which is still very good in my book. A few interesting things:

1. The point of view in the book is from Black Beauty, the horse.
2. It takes place in London nearly 150 years ago.
3. It’s still a cherished story for both pleasure reading and education purposes.

I received it as a gift when I was about 8 or 9, as I had asked for several “classics” for Christmas. When I saw the cover, I thought it looked pretty. But not enough to read it. It sat on my shelf for probably two years until one day, I said “let’s just give it a chance.” I was afraid it would be too boring… I’ve always preferred complex plots and strong characters. I wasn’t sure this would really work for me. I was wrong!

Seeing how people mistreated and misunderstood animals was a big benefit of the book. It opens your eyes to things from another perspective, and if it helps just a little to develop a bond between younger adults / children and animals, then it’s served its purpose.

It’s one of those books everyone should read… but not as a forced school assignment. It should be something parents want to share with their kids around 7 or 8… teaching them about how to be respectful and kind to all creatures. And then take them horseback riding to see what it’s actually like. That’s what I did when I finished it… went with a small group of friends to a riding academy / farm a few towns over and learned about horses for one summer. I kinda miss riding… maybe I should try it again. Off topic again… what is up with me today on these reviews! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Review: Black Beauty

    BrizzleLass said:
    May 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    This was one of my early favourites as a child. I was a keen rider from about the age of four (my Dad was a groom at the time) so this was such a natural choice for me.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2017 at 3:31 PM

      Aw, great memory! Do you still get to ride?

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        BrizzleLass said:
        May 4, 2017 at 3:35 PM

        Not often, there is a riding school close to where I live but it is really expensive so I save it for special occasions! Luckily it’s a skill that doesn’t go away although I’m a bit rusty!

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    Nel said:
    May 4, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    I’ve actually never read this book. But I live the film!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2017 at 6:03 PM

      Haven’t caught it yet.

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        Nel said:
        May 4, 2017 at 6:03 PM

        Haha another movie I can add to your list 😛

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 4, 2017 at 6:04 PM

        Yes! I need a movie TBR like Goodreads. Can’t keep track on my own.

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        Nel said:
        May 4, 2017 at 6:06 PM

        Omg that’s a good idea! Patent that quick!

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