Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press 
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.
This amazing picture book tells the amazing story of Henry Brown and his quest for freedom. This story, along with so many others, are the ones that show true American spirit. While telling the story, readers are treated to the amazing artwork of Kadir Nelson (AMAZING) which add utter magic to the story. This book is a fantastic read and one that can be used for a multitude of reasons. 
Lesson Ideas and more: 
- Teachers can use this book a Read Aloud to add to curriculum when teaching about this time period in American History. 
- Check out this great lesson from Melissa at Got to Teach! that uses Henry's Freedom Box to review plot elements. 
- This book is also a great piece for teaching the Notice and Note signposts or reviewing the signposts in context.  

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