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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Henry Cole

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Title:Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Authors:Henry Cole
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Tags:Read November 2012

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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (2012)


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The book “Unspoken” was a book of many words expressed through drawings and reader interpretation. This powerful tale showed how courage and kindness can lead one to gain a genuine camaraderie with someone that is built on mutual trust. The illustrations of the book, coupled with the organization of the plot, are two of the main reasons why I enjoyed reading “Unspoken.” The illustrations were done very accurately and appropriately in accordance to the plot. For example, the illustrator used sequence and details on the young girls’ startled expression to show us that the young girl saw or heard something in the corn-husk. Our thoughts are confirmed when, on the next two pages, the reader sees an eye peering out from the corn-husk and the girl running away with a sign of terror on her face as a result. This type of organization was imperative in allowing the reader to accurately interpret that the young girl is frightened of something in the barn. I enjoyed how the author was able to confirm to the reader that indeed this story occurred during slavery in the Civil War when the young girl sees two bounty men holding up a sign with three words on it, “Wanted. Escaped! Reward!” I also enjoyed how the illustrations showed the young girl conquering her fears by having the courage to supply the runaway slave with food. If we had not had the sequence of illustrations of an eye peering from the corn-husk and bounty hunters, it would’ve been hard for the reader to realize that the person in the corn-husk was a runaway slave. The strategic detail of the pictures and organization of events that the illustrator was able to execute brought more power and suspense to the plot. ( )
  thodge3 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Unspoken is the story of a young girl that discovers a runaway slave hiding in her chicken coop. The illustrations tell the story of the unlikely partnership as the young slave makes their way to freedom. This book is notable for the illustrations and the deeper story hidden within them. ( )
  Cayetlin_Hardeman | Feb 4, 2017 |
This is a historical fiction wordless picture book about a young girl who finds a runaway slave in her barn. Instead of reporting the slave to authorities, the young girl brings the man food. Readers must look closely at the elaborate sketch drawings and make inferences about what is happening in this story.

Teaching Connections: making inferences, making predictions, summarizing, writing the words for the story, historical study of the Civil War era ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
During a dark time in United States history, a young girl discovers a escapee slave hiding out in her chicken coop. Unsure what to do or who, if anyone to tell, she begins helping the slave survive bringing he/she pie, biscuits, chicken, and bread. As confederates try to hunt down the escaped slave the girl worries that her hidden friend will be captured. Finding just a corn husk doll in the corn, she knows her friend escaped and continues to travel to freedom. This book is a great historical connection to this time period. I used this book to teach character traits and feelings. The little girl has such apparent character traits and feelings throughout the story without any words spoken. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 6, 2016 |
I really, really, really liked the illustrations in this book. There is no text so the illustrations are that much more important. The story is kind of what you want to make of it. What I saw was a tale of little girl who helped an escaped slave stay hidden by not revealing their location as a search party was in the area. A simple story but give some much to build off of in the way of conversation with children. ( )
  nicholekoch | Dec 2, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545399971, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:57 -0400)

In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him.

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