Black Beauty is the timeless classic of the beautiful colt who encounters kindness and mistreatment throughout his life in Victorian times. An influential book that challenged the relationship of working animals and their owners, the novel remains popular with new generations of young readers.
Anna Sewell's novel was published in 1877 to great acclaim and influenced new laws on treatment of animals in England.
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.