Black Beauty

Dk Classics

A Elt scheme

Reading level: Stage 1, Level 2, Proficient Readers, Level 4

Anna Sewell, Victor G Ambrus, Caryn Jenner

No. of pages 48

Great for age 4+
A series with silk-ribbon markers and headbands, gold stamping on front and spine, and the original colour illustrations on the jackets. Anna Sewell's classic story of a horse was her only book, written when she was fatally ill. Lucy Kemp-Welch's illustrations first appeared in 1915.


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It is part of the Stories collection, and is at Level 4 in the DK Readers (Dorling Kindersley) levelled reading scheme.

Black Beauty is an illustrated book and features the illustrations of Victor G Ambrus. It has been adapted for children. The book includes the fictional character Black Beauty. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Victor G Ambrus was inspired by the story Black Beauty.

Tags: Black, fictional character, Horse and Horses

This is a Reader collection. A Reader collection group books together at the same level within the same Reading scheme.

Collection Tags: Illustrated, DK Readers, non-ordered, levelled, reading, Level 4.

This book contains the following story:

Black Beauty
When he comes of age, the horse Black Beauty is sold to a grand house to be a carriage horse. The groom, Joe, is kind but his masters are cruel. Every day Beauty and his fellow horse, Ginger, are shackled to the carriage with a tight bearing rein to keep their heads held high, and the two horses are whipped and generally mistreated. When Ginger misbehaves she is taken away. When Beauty smashes his knee he is sold to a London cabby. Pulling a cab through all the weather is hard work but Jerry is kind to Beauty and he is happy. Then Jerry is offered a job as groom by a customer and has to sell Beauty. His next master is harsh and cruel. But then Black Beauty is rescued by a horse doctor and at the doctors stables he discovers that the groom is none other than Joe. Beauty lives out the rest of his life in the doctors fields, happy and cared for.

This book is in the following series:

Dk Eyewitness Classics

Dk Readers

Dk Classic Readers

Dk Classics

Longman Classics

Penguin Readers
Penguin Readers is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. At the end of each book there is a section of exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Penguin Readers are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from 'Easystarts' with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: 'Contemporary', 'Classics' or 'Originals'.

This book features the following characters:

Ginger is the chestnut horse that becomes friendly with Black Beauty when they are both carriage horses at Birtwick Park. She has a rough life and is consequently pretty sassy. The two friends go separate ways but meet again as broken-down cab horses in London.

Jimmy Barker

Joe Green

Black Beauty
Black Beauty is a handsome black horse who narrates his story in the novel of the same name. He begins his career as a carriage horse for wealthy people but after a fall he is sacked and made to do much harder work. Beauty always tries his best despite the difficult circumstances he finds himself in.

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