Black Beauty

by Sydney a HorseCrazyGirl!

Black Beauty is one of the greatest classic horse books for horse lovers. It tells the story of a horse who goes through many difficulties in life...cruel owners, a fire, as well as kindness from others. It's such a beautiful book.

What you may not know is that it was written 140 years ago! The author Anna Sewell was an invalid and it was the only novel she ever wrote. She died five months after it was published. Crippled from childhood, Anna loved horses and her book helped people understand how to be kind to these beautiful creatures.

I can't think of any horse book that has been so popular since.

Have you read Black Beauty? Please share your thoughts about it!!

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May 28, 2016
Black Beauty
by: Jesus&HorseLover4-ever

I just started reading it and so far it's a pretty
good book!

May 23, 2016
True or False
by: Anonymous

Black Beauty is real or false?

Apr 26, 2016
by: Anonymous

I decided to read this a lil bit ago. What a tear jerker! Me and my horse crazy friend right finished it in 3 days!

Aug 25, 2015
by: Anonymous

Really good! The best but a bit sad.

Aug 24, 2015
by: Anonymous

Best book ever. If you have not read this book your not a true horse lover. Sad, but so very, very touching. I would give it 30,000 stars if possible. :)

Apr 24, 2015
by: Horse_Girl252

If you have not read this book and you're a horse lover you need to read it or watch the movie! It's one of the greatest😊 and my favorite. So if your looking for an amazing book, get this one 🐴

Jan 28, 2015
Sad but Touching!
by: Anonymous

Awesome book - will steal any horse lover's heart. However heart breaking as well, could be too intense for young readers.

Aug 10, 2014
Read It!
by: Rachel

It is a heartwarming story about a horse and his life as a foal until old age. The horse tells the story. It is a book that about everyone should read. I recommend this book.

Nov 02, 2013
by: CuteHorse

I just finished reading this book and I love love loved it! It was better then the movie!(Though the movie is still great) Parts of it made me cry...

Sep 04, 2013
by: Anonymous

This was an incredible book. I love how the writer gets everything from Black Beauty's point of view. I absolutely LOVED this book!

Jul 13, 2013
by: Coco1Is2A3Lovely4Pony

I loved it. I read it on my kindle and read it as much as I could until finished. Very exiting book. I am sad about Ginger though :( .

Mar 02, 2013
:) horses4ever
by: PONY

I read the whole entire graphic one I finish it last week it was awesome, I am still sad that ginger died! If I ever and I mean it if I ever see some one mistreat there horse they'll not have a horse anymore cause I will report them and try to win the horse! Horses were made 2 help us and they want 2 help u! So be nice to them cause they want to be nice 2!!!!!! :0 ---> HORSES4EVER!!!

Dec 29, 2012
black beauty
by: silviya k.n.

what book is this? I wonder! A very excitement story
that I ever read.T he real pain and real love and affection is shown in first two masters. Even though the last before master drinks he helps and feels kind. My dear black beauty when i will see you in my lifetime. bye. i love you!

Dec 18, 2012
by: djw

this book is my favorite book in the whole wide world but its kind of sad i have original from anne sewell it's a great book.

Nov 12, 2012
Black Beauty
by: olivelksadj

It was so good, but really sad and heartbreaking. Everyone who loves horses should read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 15, 2012
Love this book
by: TigerLily107

I love this old classic! I've read the unabridged, the abridged, the graphic novel... etc.

Jul 09, 2012
Such a great book!!!!!! :)
by: Anonymous

Black Beauty is such a great book! I don't like it when Ginger dies, I almost cried! But, otherwise a really really REALLY good book.

Jul 02, 2012
beautiful horse
by: horsecrazy

I love black beauty so much but it's so sad when ginger dies. She's gorgeous ginger. BEST BOOK AND FILM EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 02, 2012
an enchanting classic!
by: Lucinda F

This book is a great read for all the family, and those who are pony mad will love it. Heartwarming & touching - love it.

Jun 30, 2012
Great Classic
by: Jenna

Great classic book..... The only horse classic I know. A great read for all ages.

Jun 25, 2012
i luv black beauty!X!X!
by: horsecrazy

Black beauty is one of the most saddest horse i have ever watched. it is amazing and i could watch it all the time. I'd luv to have him as a horse and ginger. Ginger is amazing, but i hate it when she dies. Whoever thinks this book and film isn't great then you need to sort it!

Jun 01, 2012
Pretty good!
by: Eventing Star

It's pretty good... I've read it 3 times. It does get kind of boring though. It's good though and I liked it! And it sad. ):

May 30, 2012
I love black beauty
by: lia kerfoot

I love black beauty It's the best book in the world you could ever have. I specially love Ginger but hate it when she dies.

Feb 21, 2012
the all-time horse lovers book
by: Lauren

Black Beauty is a beautiful black horse that meets many other horses throughout his life. He is kind and gentle and just wants to be loved by his very own family. It's a book that will make you read it over and over again. It's a great choice for horse-crazy girls who loves to read!

Feb 10, 2012
by: Kate

Absolutely brilliant book, better than the film but the film itself is still beautiful, the book tells a story from a horses perspective which makes this so beautiful, it creates a connection between you and black beauty! It is a tear jerker but definitely worth the read!:-)

Feb 04, 2012
by: Kaley

I love black beauty, it toutches my heart. black beauty is soooo beautiful!!!

Jan 02, 2012
love the book
by: horsedreamer

I love this book so much that I want a new copy because mine is all thorn up and falling apart. I love it!!!! :)

Dec 13, 2011
Great Book
by: CuteHorse

I love this book and movie. It's so sad though, what with Beauty and Ginger being abused and Ginger dying...I cry through most of it.

Dec 12, 2011
love your book
by: Anonymous

Dear Black Beauty,
I have your book and I love it. I hope you read my letter and have a good life.


p.s I want a black horse.

Nov 21, 2011
black beauty
by: rebecca

i love this book(:

Nov 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

I love this book and have almost always been reading many books (in fact, I first read this when I was 7 and loved it!!!!) I have read it more than five times.

Nov 14, 2011
Black beauty
by: Lynn

This book is awesome! When i read it, i was very excited!

Aug 24, 2011
by: rajeshwari

story of this book is good, so read it.

Jun 23, 2011
by: horsecrazygal

anyone who thinks that this book isn't great then your W.R.O.N.G COMPLETELY!!!!! THIS IS A GREAT book to read if you want to know...

A: what it is like fron a horses ponint of view,

B: what life was like back in the late 1800s. if this book is too long for you then try the horse diaries series. its still from the horses point of view but in different time periods. so read black beauty! (i have to admit some parts are sad but its a horse crazy girls life!!!!)

Jun 21, 2011
very good
by: julia

It's a very good book and is cool. I love it1!

May 08, 2011
Sorry, dislike this book
by: Abilene

i don't like this book. i think its dumb. read the saddle club books instead

Apr 27, 2011
Black Beauty
by: ranchgirl

I just started reading the book and I love it already. I think the author describes everything brilliantly.

Mar 31, 2011
Five stars tops!
by: Anonymous

I read this book and loved it.

Mar 15, 2011
a little dramatic
by: Kaitlin

I did a high school paper on this book and it's author. She did use many of her own life experiences to write it: such as locations, horses, and treatment of them. But on the whole, in her drive to abolish cruel treatment of horses, she over dramatized almost everything in the story.

There were bad things that happened to Beauty than probably ever actually happened to any real horse in her time. Some where killed in there neglect and other things, but not all horses lived this "terrible" life. But it's still a wonderful story every animal lover should read.

Mar 01, 2011
Black Beauty all the way
by: Alyse

I LOVE Black Beauty. It's so interesting how misused horses were those days. It made me sad to think of all the horses that died because of misuse. Anna Sewell does a good job of showing you things through a horses prospective. This book is GREAT!!

Feb 14, 2011
sad but brillant
by: royal arabian

i really enjoyed the language this book was written in.

Mar 21, 2010
interesting and meaningful story
by: Kaitlyn

It must be The best book written I'm not really sure who its wrote by because its not at my school library or at my house I'm still looking for it but I did once have the book my sister bought it at the book fair.

Aug 24, 2009
I truly love this heartwarming story
by: MoonDance

I love this heartwarming story. It's a story for everyone to enjoy!!!

Apr 14, 2009
black beauty
by: sophia

it is a very sad book about a beautiful horse named beauty. it has a happy ending and i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 04, 2009


Jan 24, 2009
by: Love it!

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, is the story of a horse who has race horse in his blood. Even though he's part race horse, he's sold to Governor Gordon to be a carriage horse. At first, he thinks he'll NEVER like his new home, but he then has a very close relationship with John the stableboy.

When Mrs. Gordon becomes ill, Beauty is sold to a man to be a milk horse. At his new home, he's called "Black Jack" by the man's children. He then gets sold AGAIN to his original home with his mother, Duchess, & her owner. The story is told through the mind of Beauty & is a classic horse book. If you love horses you'll love Black Beauty!!!!

Nov 29, 2008
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by: Alaina

I read some of it from the library but i had 2 return it and i didn't have enuf time 2 read it :(

P.S it rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 11, 2008
love it!
by: Michelle from Sydney Australia

OMG I love Black Beauty!!! He's SOOO brave :3 But only some owners were nice.... so sad :((

Nov 02, 2008
by: Anonymous

This is a classic story written by Anna Sewell in her 50's while she was housebound. It is from the view of Black Beauty and starts with his very first memory and follows him through frightening, sorrowful and joyful moments all through his life until he reaches his final destination.

It was written when horses were very ill treated and was meant to increase peoples' awareness of these creatures. It is very well written and exciting and, my personal opinion, captures the views of the world from a horse's eyes quite perfectly.

Note from Syd's mom: I don't know who wrote this review, but it's beautiful! Good job!

Oct 05, 2008
love it
by: Mikayla

My Black Beauty book has four parts and forty-nine chapters. It is about a horse that gets taken to several homes meets several horses. And meets several owners.

Jul 03, 2008
Great story
by: Anonymous from Illinois USA

Black Beauty is a gentle stallion with good discipline. But his life is NOT going to be easy. He will endure the meanest and cruelest before it gets better as he travels to different homes and experiences the nice, and the mean.

This book teaches us about what troubles a horse has as it takes you through the life of a gentle horse called Black Beauty. The cruel things and the sad and tragic things that come with every chapter will make you not want to put the book down; and toward the end you will wonder... will it have a happy ending?

May 13, 2008
Black Beauty
by: Eden

Black Beauty is a BRILLIANT book. It is about a yearling who was born at a beautiful farm and then gets sold so many times in his life. He had kind,caring owners and mean,brutal owners. It is set in London in the eighteen hundreds and is a must for any horse crazy kid.

Mar 17, 2008
I love this book
by: Sarah

I absolutely love black beauty. I've read it like four times. It is such a great book!! I didn't know that about the author. Very cool...

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