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Henry's Freedom Box (2007)

di Ellen Levine

Altri autori: Kadir Nelson (Illustratore)

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
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Independent reading level grades second through fourth
Historical fiction ages five through eight.
  Teannawiggins21 | Mar 28, 2024 |
A book about slavery and the Underground Railroad. A young boy named Henry, doesn't know how old he is, as no one keeps records on slaves. All Henry wants is his freedom and to have a birthday. He dreams about places far away. Henry is torn away from his family and is a warehouse worker. Later, he discovers that his family is sold at the slave market. Henry has an idea as he is lifting crates at the warehouse. Henry is a brave and smart and ends up mailing himself to the North. ( )
  satnightfevre | Feb 16, 2024 |
When I read this to a group of 2nd graders I almost stopped in the middle because a couple of them looked like they were going to cry. But we got through it. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Its tone connected to slavery is spot on for the age - enough to know it was heartbreaking, but nothing graphic.
  sloth852 | Jan 2, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Awards: Caldecott Award (2008)
  vflore21 | Dec 4, 2023 |
Levine (Freedom's Children) recounts the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom. Thanks to Nelson's (Ellington Was Not a Street) penetrating portraits, readers will feel as if they can experience Henry's thoughts and feelings as he matures through unthinkable adversity. As a boy, separated from his mother, he goes to work in his new master's tobacco factory and eventually meets and marries another slave, with whom he has three children. In a heartwrenching scene depicted in a dramatically shaded pencil, watercolor and oil illustration, Henry watches as his family—suddenly sold in the slave market—disappears down the road. Henry then enlists the help of an abolitionist doctor and mails himself in a wooden crate "to a place where there are no slaves!" He travels by horse-drawn cart, steamboat and train before his box is delivered to the Philadelphia address of the doctor's friends on March 30, 1849. Alongside Henry's anguished thoughts en route, Nelson's clever cutaway images reveal the man in his cramped quarters (at times upside-down). A concluding note provides answers to questions that readers may wish had been integrated into the story line, such as where did Henry begin his journey? (Richmond, Va.); how long did it take? (27 hours). Readers never learn about Henry's life as a free man—or, perhaps unavoidably, whether he was ever reunited with his family. Still, these powerful illustrations will make readers feel as if they have gained insight into a resourceful man and his extraordinary story. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

aggiunto da sriches | modificaPublisher's Weekly, Reed Business Information
 

Gr 2–5—Inspired by an actual 1830s lithograph, this beautifully crafted picture book briefly relates the story of Henry "Box" Brown's daring escape from slavery. Torn from his mother as a child, and then forcibly separated from his wife and children as an adult, a heartsick and desperate Brown conspired with abolitionists and successfully traveled north to Philadelphia in a packing crate. His journey took just over one full day, during which he was often sideways or upside down in a wooden crate large enough to hold him, but small enough not to betray its contents. The story ends with a reimagining of the lithograph that inspired it, in which Henry Brown emerges from his unhappy confinement—in every sense of the word—and smiles upon his arrival in a comfortable Pennsylvania parlor. Particularly considering the broad scope of Levine's otherwise well-written story, some of the ancillary "facts" related in her text are unnecessarily dubious; reports vary, for instance, as to whether the man who sealed Henry into the crate was a doctor or a cobbler. And, while the text places Henry's arrival on March 30, other sources claim March 24 or 25. Nelson's illustrations, always powerful and nuanced, depict the evolution of a self-possessed child into a determined and fearless young man. While some of the specifics are unfortunately questionable, this book solidly conveys the generalities of Henry Brown's story.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
aggiunto da sriches | modificaSchool Library Journal, Catherine Threadgill
 

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