"Black Beauty" tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a w
ell-born colt in a pleasant meadow, to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman
, to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, ni
neteenth-century manner--against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow
Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel.
Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human
relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may
be a benefit to all.