Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story From The Underground Railroad

by Ellen Levine
Illustrator Kadir Nelson

SCHOLASTIC INC | January 1, 2007 | Hardcover

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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. When Henry grows up and marries, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 40 pages, 4.43 × 3.67 × 0.13 in

Published: January 1, 2007

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 043977733X

ISBN - 13: 9780439777339

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story From The Underground Railroad

by Ellen Levine
Illustrator Kadir Nelson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 40 pages, 4.43 × 3.67 × 0.13 in

Published: January 1, 2007

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 043977733X

ISBN - 13: 9780439777339

About the Book

In this powerful story, Levine weaves together the extraordinary events in the life of Henry "Box" Brown, who as a young boy hid in a wooden crate in one of the most amazing escapes using the Underground Railroad. Full color.

From the Publisher

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. When Henry grows up and marries, 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.

About the Author

Ellen Levine has always been drawn to stories of people who struggled for justice, and of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. She was fascinated by Henry "Box" Brown, whose escape is recounted in The Underground Railroad by William Still, first published in 1872. Ms. Levine was awed by Henry''s ingenious idea and moved by his incredible courage. Among the author''s award-winning books are Freedom''s Children, winner of the Jane Addams Peace Award and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Darkness Over Denmark, a Jame Addams Peace Award Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in New York City and Salem, New York.

Kadir Nelson''s paintings for this book were inspired by an antique lithograph of Henry "Box" Brown, created by Samuel Roswe in 1850 as a fundraiser for the anti-slavery movement. To give the feel of the original lithograph, Mr. Nelson crosshatched pencil lines, and then applied layers of watercolour and oil paint. His award-winning books include Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, which won the Coretta Scott King Award and was an ALA Notable Children''s Book; and Just the Two of Us by Will Smith, which received an NAACP Image Award. Mr. Nelson lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two daughters.

Appropriate for ages: 4

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