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The Journey of Henry Box Brown

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Powerful tale of former slave with big ideas about freedom.

Movie G 2005 28 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

A good intro to the ideas of slavery and freedom

Common Sense says this video isn't available online, but I found it by Googling the title ( The animation is pretty basic, but the story and narration is excellent. It introduces aspects of slavery in a way that allows a parent to build details through ongoing discussions. And the animals provide a relatable way to understand freedom vs. freedom.

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This short animated movie takes a complex, heavy issue and manages to present it in a way that kids can grasp easily. Concepts of freedom are broken down into very basic everyday pleasures, and here Brown tells them to a friendly bird, mouse, and cricket, each of whom grapples with his own understanding of the idea. Though there are sad parts, and the realities of slavery -- including the splitting up and selling of families -- are not glossed over, this is a simple, uplifting, and educational presentation of serious subject matter that gives kids a way in. Plus, it ultimately not only reinforces strong moral messages, but it also celebrates all that is best in humanity, without ignoring some of the U.S.A.'s greatest failures.

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