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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Heartrending, hopeful true story of enslaved boy's escape.

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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

the best

that it tells ral life slavey from a kids perspective
age 3+

Great historical story for kids.

We used this book for our study of Black History at home. We really enjoyed it and I found it very powerful for our little ones to understand what happend so many years ago.

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Kids say (1 ):

This moving story of one individual's strength of spirit is inspirational in its simplicity. Henry's Freedom Box poignantly presents the heartrending sorrow of families torn apart during U.S. slavery, and the powerlessness of the enslaved people. This book does not preach. In fact, its message is almost understated. But, in the eyes of the boy, in the gentleness of his mother, in the cramped, crated body of the escaping man, its meaning comes across loud and clear: Slavery is evil.

Illustrator Kadir Nelson's artwork brings warmth and reality to a story that otherwise is told rather straightforwardly. With crosshatched pencil lines under layers of watercolor and oils, he has created amazingly sensitive and powerful portraits based on an anti-slavery lithograph of Henry "Box" Brown that was printed in 1850. Kadir's illustrations alone make this a book worth having.

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