Black Beauty

Written by Ruth Brown

Illustrated by Ruth Brown

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LoveReading View on Black Beauty

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

Black Beauty Synopsis

Discover the magic of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty in this picture book, retold and stunningly illustrated by Ruth Brown for the very youngest of horse lovers. 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.

Black Beauty Press Reviews

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

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781783442164
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Ruth Brown
Illustrator: Ruth Brown
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About 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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