Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
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One of the best loved animal stories ever written, the dramatic and heartwarming Black Beauty is told by the magnificent horse himself, from his idyllic days on a country squire's estate to his harsh fate as a London cab horse. No one can ever forget the gallant Black Beauty, a horse with a white star on his forehead and a heart of unyielding courage.


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Lisa Church is a writer and teacher in the mountains of Pennsylvania. She has written a variety of books from children's novels to parenting guides, but finds writing mysteries compelling and adventuresome. She shares her home with her husband, three children, and a loyal collie named Brooks. Anna Sewell, March 30, 1820 - April 25, 1878 Anna Sewell was on March 30, 1820 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. She was raised a Quaker by her father a bank manager and her mother, a children's novelist. At the age of fourteen, Sewell hurt her knee during a fall and the injury never healed right. Even though she could not walk well, she could still ride horses and drive a horse drawn buggy. It was this form of freedom that sparked her concern for the welfare of horses. She wrote "Black Beauty" when she was in her fifties, but died a year after it was published in 1877. While she never earned much from the book while she was alive, after her death, the novel snowballed into a something extraordinary. The book was about the abuses horses sustained in their lifetimes, but was told from the unique viewpoint of the horse. Even though the book was intended for children, it impacted all generations and caused everyone who read it to take a look at the inhumane treatment horses received. In the one hundred plus years since "Black Beauty" had been published, over 30 million copies have been printed. At least eight motion pictures have been made based on the novel and it is a well known children's classic. Anna Sewell died on April 25, 1878 in Old Catton, Norfolk. Corvino attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds degrees from University of Toronto and Columbia University Teacher's College.
Published September 15, 2001 by Aerie. 152 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure, History, Romance, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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1988), a master draftsman who illustrated 300 books, including all of Dickens, has provided a bountiful number of drawings (some subtly touched with color), combining piercing caricature, compassion, and a sure eye for the horses' beauty, movement, and (at the worst of times) plight.

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By the end, when an emotional swirl of music played over Beauty's final thoughts ("sometimes, before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my good friends Ginger and Merrylegs under the apple tree") I was inconsolable, and thoroughly happy to be so.

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This graphic novel adapts the classic children's story of a horse whose gentle nature triumphs over abuse and misfortune.

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The bond between the main characters of The Black Stallion, Alec Ramsay and the Black, is undeniably strong and dramatic.

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He enjoyed delightful moments like the newborn foal struggling to stand and the raucous playfulness between Beauty and Ginger, tried to hold back the tears when young Joe had to give up Beauty, and cried when Ginger died.

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An animal rights classic that is also a great read, BLACK BEAUTY follows the life of an ebony horse from birth to old age, from pasture to cobblestone streets of 19th century England.

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