Black Beauty

Genre: Middle Grade

Black Beauty

Performed by:
Kate Redding

A novel that has enjoyed remarkable success and enduring popularity, Black Beauty is the classic story of a courageous horse.A fictional tale told from an animal's point of view, Black Beauty offers the listener a unique perspective of the human world. Through tales about his various owners, he encourages the virtues of having a kind and compassionate spirit, particularly toward animals. Upon its first publication, Black Beauty was an immediate success, and author Anna Sewell passed away knowing that her words had indeed encouraged others to treat animals well.

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Run time: 6 hours
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Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, on March 30, 1820. Brought up in a strict Quaker family, Anna developed a strong interest in horses as a young girl. But a crippling bone disease and a fall in 1834 left her an invalid for most of her life. By her mid-thirties she was severely lame and could only get around in a pony cart, and characteristically she would never use a whip on the animal. In 1871, she was told she had eighteen months to live, and by the end of that year, she had begun her book, Black Beauty, hoping it might make people a little kinder to their faithful horses. Although she was seriously ill, she lived long enough to finish her book and see it published in 1877. On April 25, 1878, she died at her home in Old Catton near Norwich, England. Black Beauty, an enormous success from its first appearance, was soon adopted by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and used to improve the conditions of horses everywhere.
Kate Redding

Kate Redding is an accomplished actress and narrator, having narrated hundreds of books. In this wonderful narration she lets us know that Black Beauty is one of her favorite children's stories.

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