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Book Review Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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Book Review Black Beauty Anna Sewell

Big swing for me this week.  Going from reading last week The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k to one of my FAVORITE books I read as a child, the beautiful children’s book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

The house we are staying in comes with a tremendous library of books – a wide range of genre’s, including historic children’s novels like Black Beauty written in 1877.  I read this book when I was ten years old and it had a powerful impact on me.  So when I saw the book here in this house I picked it up and began to read.  I enjoyed it just as much 48 years later.

As a child I had never read a book like Black Beauty, a story of compassion and cruelty and horses, told uniquely from the point of view of the horse.  Based in England in the late 19th century when horses served in so many working capacities, Black Beauty tells the reader about the life of a horse, birth to death and all that it encompasses.

While researching to write this review I stumbled upon an NPR story that vividly mirrors my feelings about how Black Beauty changed the way I look at horses, and frankly other animals as well.

I am so glad I chose to read this book again.  As an adult I could take away some new lessons from Black Beauty that I may have missed as a child. But the story still held me, the characters both human and animal captivated me and Black Beauty clearly remains a classic for all time.

Read it again or for the first time.  Fabulous.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five Stars for Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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