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Henry's Freedom Box : A True Story from the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson


Overview - In this powerful story, Levine weaves together the extraordinary events in the life of Henry "Box" Brown, who as a young boy hid in a wooden crate in one of the most amazing escapes using the Underground Railroad. Full color.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this powerful story, Levine weaves together the extraordinary events in the life of Henry "Box" Brown, who as a young boy hid in a wooden crate in one of the most amazing escapes using the Underground Railroad. Full color.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780439777339
  • ISBN-10: 043977733X
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: January 2007
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 19th Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
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Paths to freedom

A few years ago, I was talking with a writer who asked what stories I, as a second-grade teacher, wanted for my students. I told her my students loved stories about lesser-known figures in history, the "brave ordinary folks." Henry, of Henry's Freedom Box, is just the sort of person I had in mind. Henry "Box" Brown was one of the Underground Railroad's most famous runaways, but his story is an unfamiliar one for many modern students. Henry's Freedom Box, written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, will change that. In 1849, a few months after his wife and children were sold away, Henry decided he was through with being a slave. Finding a large shipping crate, he came up with a plan to mail himself from Richmond, Virginia, to William Johnson, an abolitionist who lived in Philadelphia. Henry poured a bottle of oil of vitriol on his hand, causing an injury that meant he could not work for his master and, with the help of sympathetic white men, traveled 350 miles during 27 hours inside the box. Nelson's prodigious talent imagines what Henry must have endured while crammed inside the box and how he looked after the ordeal. Never shying away from the horrors of slavery, Levine's text dramatically portrays the pull of freedom.

 
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