We never meet Black Beauty, Anna Sewell’s horse, in this tale, but it shows the life of a horse who starts off with gypsies so we can take it that his dam was introduced to young Black Beauty when he was a colt running in the fields.
Stardust is a clever and handsome black horse who is taught various tricks by his keen young gypsy owner. He remembers these right to his last home because, like his sire, he goes through a series of owners and is put to various uses. This is well written and recreates the life of a horse of those days, when society depended on them for transport.
Enjoyable, and horse-loving young people or those who are history minded, will have a good read.
Hardback slight tears on dustcover