Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream... show more
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.
Publish date: 2007-01-01
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages no: 40
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, American History
, Picture Books
, Military History
, Civil War
Genre: History / Slavery / African American Year Published: 2007 Year Read: 2011 Publisher: Scholastic Press This is another book that I was reading for the Children’s Book Club for Black History Month and I will admit that I just loved this book to death! “Henry’s Freedom Box” is a Calde...
"Do you see those leaves blowing in the wind? They are torn from the trees like slave children are torn from their families." Albeit being only 40 pages, I found it to be a heart wrenching, enlightening and inspiring read. I would recommend it to all. *The selling and mistreatment of human...
First off, I *love* that cover illustration. It might be my favorite ever. This is the story of Henry 'Box' Brown - the slave who literally shipped himself to freedom after his wife and children were sold. Told in simple prose and accompanied by luminous artwork, this book makes it a little easie...
Kadir Nelson is amazing, but this book doesn't quite have the emotional impact of Moses. He is at his best in the first half, with the strong portraits of Henry and his family. I was also struck by how much like Brian Selznick this pictures seem--not a problem, just an observation.