Black Beauty by Ruth Brown

Black Beauty

Written by Ruth Brown
Illustrated by Ruth Brown

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Ruth Brown has taken Anna Sewell’s classic Black Beauty, one of the best-loved books of all time and turned it into a handsome picture book. Her painterly style is just right for Beauty’s story and her rich, full-spread illustrations perfectly capture the major incidents in the horse’s life, from the peace and quiet of his carefree days as a foal through the drama of his escape from the stable fire, and the misery of his later years pulling carts through London’s busy streets. The story still has important lessons for readers about the treatment of animals, and Ruth Brown is faithful to that element of Sewell’s book too. This will be enjoyed equally by those new to the original and those who already love Black Beauty’s story. ~ Andrea Reece

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Ruth Brown is an amazing illustrator  Independent

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Greyfriars Bobby is introduced to a new generation in Ruth Brown's lovely picture book -- Clare Poole Booksellers Choice, The Bookseller

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Black Beauty by Ruth Brown

Black Beauty's story improved the lives of horses all over the world. Seen through his own eyes, young horse lovers will be swept up in his incredible journey from a peaceful paddock to the streets of London. No matter what he encounters, nothing can break Black Beauty's spirit.

This classic tale of Black Beauty written by Anna Sewell, of a horse who is taken from a peaceful paddock to the streets of London, is retold for young horse lovers in this beautiful picture book.


Ruth Brown's artwork captures the fluctuating fortunes of the equine hero... This version will be a real treat for young horse-lovers Irish Times A sumptuous visual feast Kirkus Brown illustrates in a rich, pastoral style Publishers Weekly A handsome picture book. Ruth Brown's painterly style is just right for Beauty's story and her rich, full-spread illustrations perfectly capture the major incidents in the horse's life -- Andrea Reece Lovereading4Kids Brown draws people and horses with facility, grace, and expression. A satisfying picture book for young horse fans. Booklist

About the Author

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two grown-up sons and one grandchild.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd September 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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