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Beautiful Joe

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A dog describes being mistreated by a cruel master but then later being taken in by a kind family.
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Overview

A dog describes being mistreated by a cruel master but then later being taken in by a kind family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406538717
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861-1947) was a Canadian author. Saunders was born in the village of Milton, Nova Scotia, though she spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Nova Scotia where her father was a Baptist minister. Saunders is most famous for her novel Beautiful Joe. It tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published in 1893, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. In 1934, Saunders was made a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.), at the time her country's highest civilian honor. Together with fellow Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Saunders co-founded the Maritime branch of the Canadian Women's Press Club. Following the success of Beautiful Joe, Saunders wrote more than twenty other stories, a number of which provided social commentary on such things as the abolition of child labor, slum clearance, and the improvement of playground facilities. Saunders died in 1947 in Toronto, Ontario where she had lived for a number of years.
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Fueled my love for animals...and reading

    It is a delight to read the wonderful reviews of this book from individuals who also discovered it at a young age. I first read it in elementary school and now, at 36, I still treasure my hardbound leather edition, a steal at a neighbor's garage sale. I have recommended this book to many individuals, especially lovers of dogs, but it is a simple and touching story that will touch anyone's heart. This Christmas, I am giving my 75 year old mother what I consider my 3 favorite books of all time as a thank you for her encouraging me to read at an early age. Those three books are: (in case you wondered) Beautiful Joe, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The World According to Garp I know that she will diligently read them all and be touched by the books that have touched me, some for 25 years and more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Childhood favourite

    My grandparents owned a copy of this book, and I remember reading it almost every time I went there to spend the night....and crying my eyes out every time. I now own my own copy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    Life long memory

    I read this book about 35 years ago and have never forgotten it. When my nieces & nephews were old enough, I could not find it. I'm so excited to be able to share my favorite childhood book with them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    A Timeless Story

    This was my favorite book when I was a child. I am sure that it had a profound effect on who I am today and I highly recommend it to anyone who has children and/or loves animals. This is a great learning tool.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    Grandmas Bed Time Story

    My grandmother gave me the copy that her grandmother gave to her. my copy was written back in the late 1800's. She read it to me every night. When I think this book is the most wonderful book. Full of emotin from a diffrent point of veiw. Any animal lover will laugh and cry, and will just love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    My Favorite Childhood Book!

    How exciting that this wonderful book is back in print! I don't think there is any other book that had such a profound influence on me as this one did. To read this in the formative years will make an animal lover out of anyone. I was proud to pass the legacy of this book down to my own three sons, who love it as much as I did! Since this was written in the late 1800's, some of the language is a bit old-fashioned and may require explanation; also, the early scenes of abuse are disturbing, especially for a younger or very sensitive child. I would probably recommend this for ages 8-12, though it certainly could be read and enjoyed by anyone. To look through the eyes of Beautiful Joe will change your perspective forever. It is a life-changing book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    THIS BOOK IS SO WIERD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've never read this book but I'm sure that the author is going to get nowhere by writing a book called'Beautful Joe'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Good

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Absolutly AWFUL

    This was completly unreadable. Its just a jumble of words mushed together. I sure am glad that it was free because if I bought a book as bad as this I would expect a money back guarentee and a discount on my next purchase. The only reason I rated one star was because it wouldnt accept the review without the star rating but I would have been fine with giving itva BIG FAT 0 star. People should be ashamed of themselves for selling people this kind of product even if it was free.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    I read this book before I was a teen. Love it so very much. I

    I read this book before I was a teen. Love it so very much. I intent to give it to my granddaughter for Easter. I lost my copy in Katernia. But I valued it for many many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Perfecty written

    To many it is sad too many it is beautiful but too me it is a touching classic an you need to get it it is so yu know get it or else and dont think i wont find because i lik will find you and whoever else may ir may not bebwth you so you know watch out and get this book or im sorry e book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Heart touching

    It really shows you how cruell people can be...its a very good book :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    Beloved childhood classic

    Along with Laddie a true blue story and Angel Unaware gave eyes to faith and love of God and ears open to tje speechless saints in our lives from very early age, there is a lesser known if maudlin sequal, Beautiful Joes Paradise btw!

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh........................

    Cute story but not really realistic and it was just to long

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Not so interesting.

    I thought by the title that it would be a different, but interesting view of things. Though it starts out seemingly okay, it soon loses momentum and becomes very dull. I am determined to read the book in entirety, but really is becoming a struggle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Book that Can Never be forgotten

    This book has been my all-time favorite book ever since i was a child. This is a book with a special message and should be read to every child. It teaches right from wrong and how to respect animals and people. If you are an animal lover, it is a must read book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    English project

    I'm a 10th grade student at Ithaca High School. I pick Beautiful Joe to read for my english project.Him a animal lover myself and after reading the back of the book I just had to read. I have a dog that was abuse before I got him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Recommended Reading For All!!!!

    I first discovered this book in my Elementary School Library. I recommend this book to every child. I first read Beautiful Joe over 20 years ago. This timeless classic will always be one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    A MUST READ FOR ANY CHILD AS A FIRST BOOK

    I was at the age of seven, and received this book for my birthday. It was from my Grandmother, a former second grade teacher. It took me several weeks to read it. I read it a few minutes every nite till I could not wait to finish. The book is so well writen, and the story content plays with ones feelings. This book will make you feel.It will make you cry.It will make you feel warm.It will make you feel the hurt and anger of cruelty. This book will show you the importance of love,compasion, and respect for all things living within our control.To protect and preserve all things. This story should be made into motion picture for all to enjoy. I recomend it to be a childs first book. I recomend it to be a State Text reader for the early grammer years, or a High School assigned Classic, for all to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    Outstanding!

    I read this book as a young child and never forgot it. I lost my copy and just recently was able to replace it. I can not express just how profound an impact this book had on me as a child. Not just for animal lovers, the book is a lesson in human nature and the precious value of compassion - toward animals and people.

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