Friday, May 14, 2010
Written by: Ellen Levine
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Soft cover: 40 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: January 2007
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A man who found happiness from within and with his family, Henry became withdrawn and resolved to escape to freedom.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.
Learn more about Ellen Levine at: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=3318
Visit illustrator, Kadir Nelson at: http://www.kadirnelson.com/
Reviewed by Donna M. McDine