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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!,
MaryAnn "MaryAnn"
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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 success.

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 book.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Revisited
Emptor (Honolulu, HI USA)
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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.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beauty of a book!
D. Rangel (New York City)

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Beauty's Son (Paperback)
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 mistrustful
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.

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