REVIEW OF: Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell Reviewed by: Erica “God had given men reason, by which they could find out things by themselves, but he had given animals knowledge which did not depend on reason, which was much more prompt and perfect in this way.” – Master. In Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty had it good, growing up in warm meadows with his mother, Dutchess. His life of grazing in the green grass would all too soon be taken from him. When his beloved owners must sell him, due to his mistress’ illness, his wish to have a home with humans who treat horses well seems to disappear. Black Beauty suffers under the work and toil of cruel men. His quest to find a life such as he had before still remains strong, for Black Beauty has a bright spirit. He must persevere and follow his heart in order to survive.
I didn’t love this novel. I didn’t feel like there was much action in it. I was waiting the whole book for a major event to happen, (the climax,) but it never really did. I felt it just dragged on about the same topic. I also didn’t really like this book because many of the main characters would be spoken about, but then you’d never hear about them again because Black Beauty moved a lot. I would wonder, “What happened to them?” However, this book was well written in terms of vocabulary and language. I felt pretty anxious while reading this because I was wondering when the climax would happen.
Black Beauty was not one of my favorites, but others still might like it. I recommend Black Beauty to people who like reading books without a ton of action. I think that people in fifth grade and older could read it. I really didn’t like this novel, but I’m a person who likes a lot of action in my reading.