Born in a sunlit meadow in an English village, Black Beauty has a happy upbringing and a wonderful home, with a kind and caring master. Then the beautiful young horse is sold and separated from his friends.
So begins an extraordinary journey through life for Black Beauty; a journey that brings moments of triumph and joy, as well as pain, suffering, loneliness, and cruelty at the hands of others.
Can Black Beauty ever find true happiness again?
Black Beauty is one of the most moving animal stories ever told.
In a brisk adaptation of Anna Sewell's 1877 animal story, Black Beauty recounts his early life on a farm and the accident that leads him to become a work horse in London, where he is abused by his masters. Brown illustrates in a rich, pastoral style, capturing pivotal events that include a frightening barn fire and Black Beauty's collapse on cobblestone streets. Though Brown's adaptation moves quickly through the horse's many travails, her injuries and mistreatments still strike their intended emotional chords, making her eventual reunion with the kindly groom Joe Green in the bucolic final pages feel very well-deserved. Ages 4 9.