Black Beauty

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

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This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters. This format is ideal for bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL),  English Language Learners (ELL), people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This learning product is high-interest, low-readability. Readers of this version will improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848111359
Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Series: Bring the Classics to Life Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 7 - 14 Years

About the Author

Anna Sewell (1820-1878) was born to a religious Quaker Family in Yarmouth, England but spent her childhood in London and its suburbs. She lived most of her life within her parents home, being influenced by her mother Mary’s religious and educational convictions. Anna’s mother instilled in her a particular affinity for animals. At age 51 Anna contracted a mysterious illness that left her in chronic ill health and at age 56 she began to write a book about horses that became Black Beauty. The story was published just before her death and anti-cruelty groups gave it positive notices resulting in good sales. Anna’s novel had significant impact in at least two areas: the humane treatment of animals and the future direction of children’s literature. In 1923 the publisher claimed the novel was the number six best seller in the world. Anna died of her illness in 1878.

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My first home was a farm on a land of green grass and high trees. My master lived in a big house near the road. At first I lived on my mother's milk. We ran around the field all day. When I got a little older, I could eat grass. Then my mother went out to work. Because I had no brother, I would run with the other horses. What fun we had! My mother told me of my father's good name. Most of the people in this part of the land had heard of him. She said I must carry my head high and keep my good manners. My master was a good man and a friend to all his horses. He called my mother Pet. I was called Darkie. He liked us best of all his horses. Just before I was two years old, I saw something that was most surprising. It was in the spring. We heard the cry of many dogs. "They have found a rabbit," my mother said. "Soon we will see them running by." A rabbit went past us. Many dogs and men on horses were on her tail. The rabbit could not get out of the garden. The dogs were all over her. I saw her head drop. A man picked up the prize-a dead rabbit.

Table of Contents

Part 1
1My Early Home3
2The Hunt6
3My Breaking In9
4Birtwick Park13
5A Fair Start16
8Ginger's Story Continued26
10A Talk in the Orchard33
11Plain Speaking38
12A Stormy Day41
13The Devil's Trade Mark44
14James Howard47
15The Old Ostler50
16The Fire53
17John Manly's Talk57
18Going for the Doctor61
19Only Ignorance65
20Joe Green68
21The Parting71
Part 2
23A Strike For Liberty81
24The Lady Anne84
25Reuben Smith90
26How It Ended94
27Ruined And Going Down-Hill97
28A Job-Horse And His Drivers100
30A Thief110
31A Humbug113
Part 3
32A Horse Fair119
33A London Cab Horse123
34An Old War Horse127
35Jerry Barker132
36The Sunday Cab138
37The Golden Rule143
38Dolly and a Real Gentleman147
39Seedy Sam151
40Poor Ginger155
41The Butcher158
42The Election161
43A Friend in Need163
44Old Captain and his Successor167
45Jerry's New Year171
Part 4
46Jakes and the Lady179
47Hard Times183
48Farmer Thoroughgood and his Grandson Willie187
49My Last Home191
Questions, Questions, Questions195
About the Author, About the Illustrator199

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