Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry ColeUnspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

byHenry ColeIllustratorHenry Cole

Hardcover | November 1, 2012

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A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.

When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart.

Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.

HENRY COLE was born on a dairy farm near Purcellville, Virginia, where he heard many a story about the Civil War. He was an adored elementary-school teacher for sixteen years. He has since illustrated over eighty popular and bestselling books for children, and he wrote and illustrated the highly acclaimed novel A Nest for Celeste.
Title:Unspoken: A Story from the Underground RailroadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.17 × 9.9 × 0.44 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545399971

ISBN - 13:9780545399975


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. This book without text proves that. With incredible pencil illustrations the story is told of a young farm girl that discovers a runaway slave and helps in any small way that she can. Knowing these events took place again and again in history, and some not as successful as this, makes this a very moving book. It is incredibly powerful and touching. This book was written to honor a family's oral tradition of stories about the civil war and life in and around some of those events. It is a story told without words, and two characters that communicate and develop a bond without words. This book was incredible and one of my favorite books this year!
Date published: 2012-09-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Unspoken: A Story from the Underground RailroadA New York Times Best Illustrated Book"[D]esigned to present youngsters with a moral choice . . . the author, a former teacher, clearly intended Unspoken to be a challenging book, its somber sepia tone drawings establish a mood of foreboding." -The New York Times Book Review*"Moving and emotionally charged." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review*"Gorgeously rendered in soft dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick." -School Library Journal, starred review*"Cole conjures significant tension and emotional heft (his silent storytelling calls to mind Brian Selznick's recent work) in this powerful tale of quiet camaraderie and courage." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"From the title on, silence and secrets create stirring drama in this wordless picture book . . . children will be moved to return to the images many times and fill in their own words." -Booklist"What Cole shows so superbly through his accomplished yet unpretentious pencil art-the ideal medium for the book, as it looks as if it's of the era as well as portraying the era-is the keeping of secrets. The entire family appears to know what's going on, but the extent of each character's involvement is never made explicit." -Horn Book