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

Hardcover | January 1, 2007

byEllen LevineIllustratorKadir Nelson

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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.

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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 w...

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, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 9.32 × 0.34 inPublished:January 1, 2007Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:043977733X

ISBN - 13:9780439777339

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This is a wonderful and touching story about a slave named Henry. I use it as a read aloud in my classroom as a lead in to a discussion on Black History Month. It is well written, memorable, and a must have in your library!
Date published: 2010-02-07