"Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell is the first-person story of the titular horse as he falls into the hands of numerous owners throughout his life, some caring and others cruel. The novel is unique as the first book written from an animal's perspective.Know More
In the first part of the book, Black Beauty talks about his birth in a meadow and his early days before he is sold to a horse lover named Squire Gordon. During his three years with the Squire, who takes good care of his animals, Black Beauty meets several other horses and gets to know the two horse groomers John and James. When unfortunate circumstances lead Squire Gordon to sell his horses, Black Beauty and his friend Ginger are given to Earlshall Park, and their life is much more difficult. When Black Beauty injures his knees in a riding accident, he must be sold yet again to a poor cab driver named Jerry. He continues to be sold from one master to another until he is finally reunited with one of his old grooms, who cares for him until the end of his days.
Sewell wrote "Black Beauty" in order to promote the humane treatment of horses, and it quickly captured the public's attention. Legislation was passed to offer greater protection for horses, and many of the old, fashionable methods of treating horses were discarded in favor of humane alternatives.Learn more about Fiction
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor tells the story of a man named Tom Shiftlet who comes to work on a farm in Alabama. Like many of O'Connor's other short stories, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" chronicles the effect one person can have on a family.Full Answer >
"Priscilla and the Wimps" by Richard Peck approaches the issue of bullying in a public school setting. Priscilla, a large student at her school, befriends a smaller boy named Melvin, who is often bullied by a group of students led by Monk Klutter. Throughout the story, Priscilla and Melvin conflict with Monk and his group until the end of the story, where Priscilla stuffs Monk into her locker and leaves him there.Full Answer >
"The Story of Griselda" from Giovanni Boccaccio's novel "Decameron" is about a woman whose husband tests her loyalty by convincing her that he killed their children and by kicking her out of their home. Because she remains loyal to him, he invites her to return home and reunites her with their children.Full Answer >
The story "Federigo's Falcon" tells of a talented young man who falls into poverty while trying to woo the woman he loves. Even in poverty, he continues to give his all to her, and after many trials, the two are married.Full Answer >