Beautiful Joe

Beautiful Joe

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Overview

A work of fiction told from the dog's point of view, This story is based upon the true account of an abused dog. It is written in the tradition of 1877's Black Beauty. It reflects many of the unfortunate realities of society in those days, but it had an incredible impact upon the Western world's ideas about humane treatment of animals. A must for all parents who want their kids to grow up being thoughtful of their pets. It demonstrates the horror of abuse and the hope of overcoming evil and finding good in life. Illustrated

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013694729
Publisher: EirenikosPress
Publication date: 01/20/2012
Series: Beautiful Joe , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Margaret Marshall Saunders (May 13, 1861–February 15, 1947) was a Canadian author. Saunders is most famous for her novel Beautiful Joe. It tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published in 1893, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. Following the success of Beautiful Joe, Saunders wrote more than twenty other stories, a number of which provided social commentary on a number of subjects.

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Beautiful Joe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandparents owned a copy of this book, and I remember reading it almost every time I went there to spend the night....and crying my eyes out every time. I now own my own copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 35 years ago and have never forgotten it. When my nieces & nephews were old enough, I could not find it. I'm so excited to be able to share my favorite childhood book with them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a delight to read the wonderful reviews of this book from individuals who also discovered it at a young age. I first read it in elementary school and now, at 36, I still treasure my hardbound leather edition, a steal at a neighbor's garage sale. I have recommended this book to many individuals, especially lovers of dogs, but it is a simple and touching story that will touch anyone's heart. This Christmas, I am giving my 75 year old mother what I consider my 3 favorite books of all time as a thank you for her encouraging me to read at an early age. Those three books are: (in case you wondered) Beautiful Joe, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The World According to Garp I know that she will diligently read them all and be touched by the books that have touched me, some for 25 years and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandmother gave me the copy that her grandmother gave to her. my copy was written back in the late 1800's. She read it to me every night. When I think this book is the most wonderful book. Full of emotin from a diffrent point of veiw. Any animal lover will laugh and cry, and will just love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book when I was a child. I am sure that it had a profound effect on who I am today and I highly recommend it to anyone who has children and/or loves animals. This is a great learning tool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How exciting that this wonderful book is back in print! I don't think there is any other book that had such a profound influence on me as this one did. To read this in the formative years will make an animal lover out of anyone. I was proud to pass the legacy of this book down to my own three sons, who love it as much as I did! Since this was written in the late 1800's, some of the language is a bit old-fashioned and may require explanation; also, the early scenes of abuse are disturbing, especially for a younger or very sensitive child. I would probably recommend this for ages 8-12, though it certainly could be read and enjoyed by anyone. To look through the eyes of Beautiful Joe will change your perspective forever. It is a life-changing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book before I was a teen. Love it so very much. I intent to give it to my granddaughter for Easter. I lost my copy in Katernia. But I valued it for many many years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been my all-time favorite book ever since i was a child. This is a book with a special message and should be read to every child. It teaches right from wrong and how to respect animals and people. If you are an animal lover, it is a must read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first discovered this book in my Elementary School Library. I recommend this book to every child. I first read Beautiful Joe over 20 years ago. This timeless classic will always be one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the age of seven, and received this book for my birthday. It was from my Grandmother, a former second grade teacher. It took me several weeks to read it. I read it a few minutes every nite till I could not wait to finish. The book is so well writen, and the story content plays with ones feelings. This book will make you feel.It will make you cry.It will make you feel warm.It will make you feel the hurt and anger of cruelty. This book will show you the importance of love,compasion, and respect for all things living within our control.To protect and preserve all things. This story should be made into motion picture for all to enjoy. I recomend it to be a childs first book. I recomend it to be a State Text reader for the early grammer years, or a High School assigned Classic, for all to read.
jopearson56 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I remember loving as a child, and I've long thought to re-read it. I knew the version I read than (and still had) was abridged, so I sought out an unabridged version online and ended up with the Library of Congress Centennial Bestseller edition with an introduction by Roger Caras. The book wasn't as compelling as I remember it being, though in its unabriged format, it probably wouldn't have compelled me as a child, either. Well, it might have. My memory of the book is that poor Beautiful Joe suffered much cruelty, and, while he did, that was mostly in the first chapter. Then he was rescued and lived happily ever after as one of the world smartest and most intuitive dogs, reporting on stories of cruelty to OTHER animals and pets he came across and heard about. The stories of routine cruelty were certainly interesting. One of the most interesting things to me was on the inside of the books jacket and in Caras's introduction -- apparently Black Beauty (another childhood favorite, though I think much drier reading today and in its unabridged format -- I should re-read that one, too) and this book were extraordinarily influential in changing the ways in which animal were treated: "There can be no question that both Sewell's and Saunder's landmark books played an important role in furthering public sentiment against cruelty to animals, which in turn gave fresh momentum to the humane movement as it entered the new century." (Both were written in the latter half of the 19th century.)
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Katy H More than 1 year ago
It really shows you how cruell people can be...its a very good book :)
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Bryan Biery More than 1 year ago
Along with Laddie a true blue story and Angel Unaware gave eyes to faith and love of God and ears open to tje speechless saints in our lives from very early age, there is a lesser known if maudlin sequal, Beautiful Joes Paradise btw!
John DeIorio More than 1 year ago
Cute story but not really realistic and it was just to long
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love_to_readMO More than 1 year ago
I thought by the title that it would be a different, but interesting view of things. Though it starts out seemingly okay, it soon loses momentum and becomes very dull. I am determined to read the book in entirety, but really is becoming a struggle.
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