March 30: Black Beauty Author Born

Anna Sewell, author of the classic novel Black Beauty was born on this date in 1820. Black Beauty is a novel told in the first person (or “first horse”) as an autobiographical memoir told by a highbred horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Enjoy this free audiobook along with hundreds of horse photos and illustrations from FCIT.

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Listen to Black Beauty on Lit2Go

Listen to Black Beauty on Lit2Go. The novel is written at a fourth grade reading level.

Paso Fino Horses

Photographs of Paso Fino horses from a reenactment at the DeSoto National Memorial. Paso Fino horses were brought to America in 1493 with the second Columbus voyage. These photos are from the Exploring Florida website.