Monday, December 3, 2012

You Can't Beat a Classic

Written in 1877, Black Beauty is a tale of a horse's life told through its perspective.  The author, Anna Sewell, grew up with horses and wrote the novel as a treaty to encourage people to treat horses humanely.  The story reads as a memoir of Black Beauty's life and follows him from his birthplace and then from owner to owner, some of whom are kind and compassionate while others are inhumane.  While the story does not have a climax, it nonetheless held my interest throughout.  The book does an excellent job at conveying the importance of treating animals with kindness and compassion, and was a very easy to read and smartly written.  This is a true classic!

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