Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Bravely he works as hard as he can, suffering at the hands of men who treat animals badly. But Black Beauty has an unbreakable spirit and will, and is determined to survive . . .
Black Beauty read by Martin Jarvis is one of the seven best-loved classic audiobooks being launched into CD-format in March 2008.
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A horse is a horse of course, unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.
Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century manner--against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all. (Ages 9 to 12)Review:
"One of the greatest books ever narrated by a horse, with a fine message: be kind to animals, and they'll be kind to you" (Michael Morpurgo Guardian)
"One of the most enchanting and best-loved children's stories of all time" ( Mail on Sunday)
"This was the first book that reduced me to tears - I saw what it meant to campaign ardently and successfully for an important cause." (Esther Rantzen Daily Mail)
"So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" ( National Association for the Teaching of English)
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR007842834
Book Description Book Condition: very good. 181 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M00141808357-V
Book Description Puffin Audiobooks, 2008. Audio Book (CD). Book Condition: As New. 1st Edition. C/D ,still sealed from the publisher.2.5 hours running time on 3x C/D's.Read by Martin Jarvis. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1363274331
Book Description Puffin, 06.03.2008., 2008. 13,8 x 12,6 x 2,4 cm, Audio CD. Book Condition: Wie neu. Auflage: Unabridged. 2 Seiten Riss in der Vorderseite der Hülle, alles aber noch in Folie, daher Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 447166 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 175. Bookseller Inventory # 150423
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Black Beauty. Bookseller Inventory # Grb0007234