5.0 out of 5 stars
This book is simply
BEAUTIFUL. Son's experiences the best and the
worst humanity has to offer its companion
animals. A good lesson in understanding how
important kindness is, even, and perhaps
especially, to those who cannot verbalize their
gratitude. Anne H. Wood and Brian Keesling opted
to write this book from "the horse's point of
view" and they are one of the very few authors
that were able to pull this off with such great
I loved it! It was a quick but entertaining read
and easy to understand. It handles respect,
dignity, how to treat others, how to treat
humans, and basic values in such a masterful way
that all learn something valuable while enjoying
a well-written story. Highly recommend this
5.0 out of 5 stars
(Honolulu, HI USA)
This review is from: Beauty's
Beauty's Son, a modern
update of the Sewell classic Black Beauty
published in 1877, breeds true. It bridges
the gap between horse and man and made me feel a
kinship with these animals who, through our
actions, depend on us so completely.
In my thirty-seven years as an English teacher
of middle and high schoolers, I've searched for
books that can broaden perspectives on the
relationship between man and animals. I've
looked for books by writers whose experiences
with their subject bring insight and credibility
to their stories. The authors' page states
that both writers are horse people, one with a
"lifetime with horses." This is important
to me as the story is told from the point of
view of a horse who experiences such "human"
emotions as love, hope, longing, and despair.
Unadorned storytelling and subtle artistry
allow the events themselves to move us till we
are caught in the whirl of an exciting climax.
This book will grab you and I think, like
all good books, never quite leave you.
A compelling narrative told with love and
understanding of its subject, Beauty's Son is a
good read for all ages, a must-read for anyone
seeking to understand the world of horses beyond
bridles and boots.
out of 5 stars A Beauty of a
This review is from: Beauty's Son
This is one of the most
engaging animal stories I have ever read. I am not
a horse person, but the natural and authentic
narrative voice carried me along in this
convincing story of the adventures and experiences
of a splendid and sweet horse, Beauty's Son. We
hear his account of various owners, good and bad,
and of many other horses he meets along the way.
Through his story we learn about the kindness and
sensitivity of horses, who desire to please
humans, unless they have soured or become
as a result of an owner's or rider's mishandling.
The writing is so natural and effortless that you
feel as if you are riding along on a smooth-gaited
horse, a trusted friend, who is talking to you
about his life in a soft and gentle voice.