Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Review ~ Henry's Freedom Box - A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Title: Henry’s Freedom Box ~ A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Written by: Ellen Levine

Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson

Soft cover: 40 pages

Ages: 4-8

Publisher: Scholastic Press

ISBN: 13:978-0-439-77733-9

Published: January 2007

Price: $16.99

Close your eyes if you will and imagine what it would be like to curl up in a box and ship yourself as cargo. Hard to imagine isn’t it. For one brave salve, Henry Brown, this became his way to escape to freedom.

Sold away from his family as a child, Henry Brown did what many slaves had to do. They accepted their lives as slaves, but continued to dream of freedom. Henry soon found himself married with two children and the reality of being separated loomed each day. Their greatest free now reality exploded before Henry as he watched helplessly as his family was dragged away.

A man who found happiness from within and with his family, Henry became withdrawn and resolved to escape to freedom. His ingenious idea of mailing himself as cargo and with the assistance of a white doctor, Henry did just that.

Come along on this heart wrenching journey to freedom through the true story of Henry “Box” Brown. You’ll find your heartbeat racing for his safety.

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Reviewed by Donna M. McDine


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