Black Beauty has just been bought by a new owner, Jerry. During a terrible storm, Jerry's daughter is lost outside. Will Black Beauty save her, or escape to freedom?
The beloved Black Beauty returns in this new story created especially for beginning readers.
About the Author
SUE HILL is the author of the Baby Raccoon I Can Read books and many other beginning readers.
BILL FARNSWORTH is the illustrator of many books, including the Kaya series from American Girls.
Susan Hill is the author of the Black Beauty My Readers and many other beginning readers, including Peter Pan: Lost and Found. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Anna Sewell (1820-78) was born in Norfolk, England. Disabled through illness, she grew to rely on a horse and carriage for mobility. Black Beauty was inspired by her experiences, and remains one of the world's favorite animal stories.
Read an Excerpt
Black Beauty and the Thunderstorm
CHAPTER ONEMy Own True Name
I have had many names.
But the name I knew first,
the one that is my own true name,
is Black Beauty.When I was young,
I lived in a green meadow
and ran free with my mother
and my friends.Then I was sold.
I had a lot of bad luck
and worse owners.Finally, a cabdriver named Jerry
became my new master.Jerry’s family ran out to greet us
when we got to the big city.
Everyone spoke at once.
“Let’s call him Jack!”
said a girl named Dolly.“He’s a beauty,”
said Jerry’s wife.
“Can I ride him?” asked Dolly.
Jerry laughed and patted my neck.“You are not a city horse,”
Jerry said to me.
“And driving a cab is hard work.
But I can see by your manner
that you’re a good horse.
I hope we will get along.”BLACK BEAUTY AND THE THUNDERSTORM. Text copyright © 2011 by Susan Hill.
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