Despite having been first published in 1877, this is still the perfect book to introduce listeners of all ages to the details of horse care - from food, to gear, to proper treatment. Flo Gibson's spirited delivery is ideal for the rich dialogue and story. The first-person viewpoint is Black Beauty's. Gibson totally inhabits him - from his happy childhood to the harsh times when he's mistreated by cruel or oblivious owners. Particularly moving are his friendship and conversations with Ginger, another horse. Together Sewell and Gibson ensure that the ending is as believable and realistic as all of Black Beauty's life.
An amazingly fast and strong but gentle thoroughbred, Black Beauty peacefully gallops across open meadows, carrying adoring children through the English countryside. But then a tragic accident forces his owner to sell him, and Black Beauty enters a world where horses are treated with bitter violence. Longing for his joyful youth on his original master's farm, Black Beauty faces horrible, demeaning abuse but never loses his spirit - or his great hope that he'll find happiness again.
Originally written in 1877 as a protest against cruelty to animals, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty reminds listeners that horses, like all living creatures, deserve to be treated with love and kindness. Today, Black Beauty remains one of the most beloved classics of children's literature, touching the hearts of everyone who meets the unforgettable horse.
Public Domain (P)1982 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1995 by Barbara Leonard Gibson
"Flo Gibson reads splendidly." (Booklist)
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