Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrating Black Beauty by Anna Sewell



One hundred and thirty seven years ago, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was published. It completely boggles my mind! So long ago, and still a much loved classic(with much reason to be so). I was a huge horse lover growing up. I took riding lessons for two summers, subscribed to Horse Illustrated, plastered my walls in horse posters, and read the Saddle Club and Thoroughbred series. And King of the Wind and Misty of Chicoteague and Man o' War and The Black Stallion series. 
 
At one point I was the almost-owner of a twenty-one-year old Arabian mare. It fell through, but I can still remember buying grooming equipment and being so excited that I was going to realize my dream of owning a horse. With my horse craziness, Black Beauty has always been a favorite. I honestly can't remember if I watched the movie or read the book first, but both made me teary-eyed. 
 
So in honor of the anniversary of Black Beauty, I'm giving away this sketch. 
 
 
I drew this from an illustration I found in my hometown public library's copy of Black Beauty(I can only draw if I have something to look at). If you'd like to own this sketch, as always, leave a comment(and if you'd be so kind as to give us a follow at the group blog I belong to, that'd be totally awesome-- there's a link to it on the sidebar, thanks!) Winner will be announced 10/28.
 
And for fun, feel free to let me know what your favorite breed of horse is. Mine are(like chips, I can't just have one):
 
Arabian
Friesian
Thoroughbred
Appaloosa
 
And for even more additional fun(there's just so much today!) also feel free to mention which of these Black Beauty covers is your favorite.
 
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46 comments:

  1. I've always loved Black Beauty. It was one of the first novels I remember reading. That first cover is interesting but also a bit disturbing. I think I like the third one best :) And your drawing is fantastic!

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    1. I love the first one the best. =) Something about those red hooves... It's like horsey nail polish!

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  2. I loved, loved, loved Black Beauty. I too had posters all over the wall and horsey stuff everywhere. Never did get my own but I had a few imaginary ones, including one I named Black Beauty! As for breeds, I think Palominos are stunning. My fav cover is the last one. Happy anniversary Anna Sewell and Black Beauty.

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    1. Ooh, yes, Palominos are gorgeous. Those golden coats and white manes... I used to pretend my bike was a horse, and 'jump' it over the cracks in the road. Fun times!

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  3. Oh wow. I knew that book was a classic, but I had no idea it was from the 1800s! That makes me appreciate it all the more.

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    1. I was pretty surprised to learn it was that old as well. And I wonder if it was the norm back then to not put the author's name on the cover?

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  4. so gorgeous! can't believe the book is that old! I took riding lessons for a summer with my brother and it wasn't long enough. I never got past galloping (I kind of remember jumping over tiny little things but nothing huge). My favorite horse to be paired with was named Pacman. He was super old and slow but that was perfect for me. After lessons, we got to feed our horses apples and sugar cubes. I don't know enough about the different breeds though. Oh! There used to be a show based off The Black Stallion and I..was..OBSESSED. Do you remember it? It starred this kid Richard Ian Cox and Mickey Rooney lol I'd set my VHS to record it since it aired at like midnight!

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    1. No, we didn't have a TV when I was growing up. But I would've LOVED that show! I remember seeing a Black Stallion movie in school that I enjoyed. My favorite horse I rode was a Quarter Horse named Blueberry Bar. She wasn't old, but she was super lazy. There was a black and white pony named Penny that was quicker, but she always tried to rub me off on the fence. =/

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  5. What an enduring and endearing book! You are really good at drawing, Leandra!!! My baker-daughter found out that she won a blue ribbon for her horse drawing! You two have a LOT in common.

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    1. It sure sounds like it. Tell her congrats on the blue ribbon!

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  6. Oh wow, I had no idea the book was that old! That is pretty wild--no pun intended. And, I've always loved horses. As a kid, it was my dream to one day own one. They are just such beautiful and intriguing animals. I didn't know you draw, too, Leandra! It's a really nice sketch. Man, oh man, we do seem to have a lot in common. lol :)

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    1. There had so beautiful- even the fat little ponies! =) Do you like horsey movies too? I'm a sucker for them. Especially Secretariat. I might have shed a tear or two during that one...

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    2. Yep, I love horsey movies and also loved Secretariat! It was such an amazing story. :)

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  7. My mom is a big horse lover but my father and I mildly afraid of them -- big teeth. That's a great sketch. Bravo.

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    1. They do have big teeth! I've been clipped by them a time or two. But they have really soft, velvety muzzles. ;)

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  8. I had no idea that the book was that old either! Wow. Wonderful sketch.

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    1. Pretty awesome how some literature just endures the test of time!

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  9. I loved Black Beauty as a kid! I had no idea it was published so long again--that's pretty amazing :) I grew up with a ton of animals (we were always raising something in a box in the kitchen...goats, chicks, abandoned kittens, you name it, it lived in our house) but never horses. I always wanted one, but wasn't ever up for the work, lol! Anyhow, love all those covers and reminiscing over such a great story! :)

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    1. Sounds like an exciting childhood! =) They are a ton of work. I always wondered if the work would be just a bit less if you had a miniature horse... ;)

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    2. lol! That's something I'd love to find out :)

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  10. I loved horse books when I was in elementary and middle school. I haven't read one in a while, but I do own Black Beauty.

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    1. I really wish now that I had all my horse books from my school days. It would've been neat to have held on to them!

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  11. I have a hard time with animal stories and movies because the animal always seems to die or get hurt. I LOVE is King of the Wind too. Just discovered it a few years ago but it's part of my permanent collection now.

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    1. I don't know how many times I read that one- a lot! Loved the illustrations in it, too. I'm pretty sure King of the Winds is why I love Arabians so much. Besides the fact that they're just gorgeous!

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  12. I remember loving this book as a girl! I don't think my favorite horse (and I don't know much about horses at all, so you can take "favorite" as more of a "uneducated fan" thing) is one of the breeds you mentioned~ I like the big draft horses that were used as work horses, but now star in winter holiday Budweiser commercials pulling sleighs through the snow :)

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    1. Those would be Clydesdales. =) They're pretty majestic. You would probably like Friesians too. They're larger than your normal horse, and border more on the draft side, but they're still really nimble for their size. They use in them dressage, and uh...you ain't gonna see no draft horse in one of those competitions! =)

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  13. I didn't know you draw also! Look at you...a woman of many talents! Love the drawing! I'll be honest, I don't know much about horses, but I do think they're beautiful. Couldn't name a favorite breed, though. I think my favorite Black Beauty cover is the last one.

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    1. I draw infrequently, and most of it is rough. So a woman of semi-talents? =)

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  14. Talented lady! I was a total horse nerd too when younger. In fact, they were the only I'd draw when I was 3 years old. Beautiful sketch.

    I was just telling a friend a couple days ago how I needed to read Black Beauty to my kids. I really do.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. I'm sure they'd love that! Then after, maybe you could have a Black Beauty movie night.

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  15. I had no idea the book was that old!

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  16. Wow! I had no idea the book had been around so long! Makes me want to read it again. As for covers, the green one looks like it would have that delicious, cozy, old-book smell. The last one is the prettiest, though, in my opinion. And your horse drawing is wonderful! Great talent!

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    1. The first one is the orginial cover when it was published, I'm pretty sure anyway. Isn't it pretty and old-timey? And thanks!

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  17. Holy moly, I didn't know Black Beauty was written that long ago! That sketch you drew...wow, just wow. :) Of course you are multi-talented. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm just a drawing dabbler. I'm in awe of ppl that are seriously talented- like Maggie Stiefvater!

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  18. I didn't know it was written so long ago:) I loved Black Beauty. About the horse I prefer,I love Appaloosa one and for the cover,the first one is the one I like more. Beautiful sketch :) And.. thanks for your comment.

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    1. 1 is my fav too! And I love Appaloosa's spotted coats and the variety you see in them.

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  19. I was horse crazy, like you, and adored Black Beauty, plus, The Black Stallion, Misty of Chincoteague, My Friend Flicka, Blaze Finds the Trail, and a bunch more I can't remember. I had a bouncy horse, and lusted after the Breyer toy horses. I also owned a horse and worked in stables. (My Cps consider me the go-to person when they want to put horses and riding info in their books.) My favorite is the Palomino, and I also love Lipizzans. Great sketch! :)

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    1. Yes! I loved the Breyer model horses. But like you, mainly lusted after them- they were crazy expensive. I saw a show w/Lipizzans in them once. They were over from Austria and they did all the stuff they were trained to do in war, and dressage. It was very neat!!

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  20. Not entering your contest - I have no place to put the drawing and no one in my life who loves horses. But I love cover #1. I don't know a lot about horses, but from what little I know, they're fascinating.

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    1. I love #1 too. They are very fascinating animals. Plus, just dang gorgeous. =)

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  21. And the winner of the sketch is... Christine Rains!

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  22. Lovely sketch! Yep, I knew Black Beauty was from 1877. :) Amazingly, there are a bunch of classics still around from that time period.

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  23. This is unrelated to Black Beauty but I may have tagged you on my blog today!

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  24. Wowza. I read Black Beauty for the first time as an adult, and I was impressed by how well it stood up compared to some other classics. I didn't realize it was quite that old!

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