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Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

Marshall Saunders

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ISBN 10: 1450553486 / ISBN 13: 9781450553483
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010
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Title: Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

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Published in 1893, "Beautiful Joe" was the first Canadian book to sell a million copies. It was also extremely popular in America. A work of fiction told from the dog's point of view, it is based upon the true story of an abused dog. "Beautiful Joe" reflects many of the unfortunate realities of society in those days, but it had an incredible impact upon the Western world's ideas about humane treatment of animals. "Beautiful Joe" is a wonderful and enriching story which teaches everyday values as told through the eyes of a dog. It teaches amazing compassion and that the golden rule doesn't apply just to humans. It begs for people to be the best that they can, provides the basic credo of the humane society. It makes you think twice when you see a stray-or even a rat! In a world where respect for human life is not always apparent, it appeals to the human spirit in all. By teaching kids to first love and respect animals, "Beautiful Joe" helps them to become better people. Though the beginning of the book is very sad, the story is full of memorable characters such as Malta the cat, Jim the spaniel, Billy the fox-terrier, Bella the parrot, and of course, "Beautiful Joe." There are humans in the story as well, such as Miss Laura, Ned, Willie, Jack, and Cousin Harry. Though some scenes are heart-rending, this book reminds us too that we have much to still work on in the area of animal cruelty. In the tradition of "Black Beauty," "Beautiful Joe" has done much to enlighten readers for many years, and remains a classic that rings true today.

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Margaret Marshall Saunders CBE (1861–1947) was a Canadian author. Saunders was born in the village of Milton, Nova Scotia, though she spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Nova Scotia where her father was a Baptist minister. Saunders is most famous for her novel Beautiful Joe. It tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published in 1893, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. In 1934, Saunders was made a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.), at the time her country's highest civilian honor. Together with fellow Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Saunders co-founded the Maritime branch of the Canadian Women's Press Club. Following the success of Beautiful Joe, Saunders wrote more than twenty other stories, a number of which provided social commentary on such things as the abolition of child labor, slum clearance, and the improvement of playground facilities. Saunders died in 1947 in Toronto, Ontario where she had lived for a number of years. She is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. In 1994, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society was formed in 1994 to celebrate the life and story of Beautiful Joe and the achievements of Margaret Marshall Saunders. A park dedicated to Beautiful Joe Park has been established in Meaford, Ontario, Canada.

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