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What's your evaluation (opinion) of the book Black Beauty?

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mioumiou | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:43 AM via web

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What's your evaluation (opinion) of the book Black Beauty?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:28 AM (Answer #1)

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In my opinion, Black Beauty is a wonderful piece of literature.  While many examples of "classic" literature are difficult for young readers to decipher, this novel is not.  This particular book is well written and engaging, and it can often be used as a instrument in encouraging the reader to explore other pieces of English literature, as well as additional classic literature.

The plot of the novel is easy to follow and the chapters are short, which lends to it being an enjoyable read.  In addition, the fact that the story is told from the viewpoint of the horse is interesting.  The development of setting and character in this story are exemplary; this book is quite easy to teach. 

Overall, the book is charming, but also includes serious lessons on morality.  While the author, Anna Sewell, did not intend for Black Beauty to be a children's book, it does appeal to young and adult alike.  I believe that everyone should read this novel at some point.  Fortunately, it is not a dry and difficult piece of literature, unlike some others.

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