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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
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:Read November 2012

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

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Unspoken, which is a wordless picture book about the Underground Railroad.
  b_Campbell | Feb 23, 2015 |
This wordless picture book takes place during the 1800’s when the Underground Railroad was in effect. The Underground Railroad was created by African American and Caucasian abolitionists to aid slaves to freedom. In this book, a young girl lives on a farm with her family. One day, the young girl was working in the barn and was startled by a pair of eyes in the corn stalks. Every night after dinner, she takes food to the man in hiding, which she discovers is a runaway slave in the search of freedom. One day, confederate soldiers arrive on their farm in search of the slave, but the family denies seeing him and they set off again in search for him. That night, the young girl goes out to the barn to feed the runaway, but all that remains of him is a hand-made doll as a thank you for her generosity and support in finding freedom.
I liked this book for a couple reasons. The first reason is that this picture book told an historic events in a word less way. I found this to be very interesting and I enjoyed this idea very much. Also I liked the Illustrations in this book because they told the story very well and made it easy to interpret what the story was telling without the words. That is why I enjoyed the book Unspoken. ( )
  Ekelle8 | Feb 23, 2015 |
With lush pencil illustrations, siepa like in color, this is told without words. It is a lovely story of a young girl who finds a runaway slave in the family corn crib. She makes a brave decision to help the slave by pilfering food from the house. She tells no one what she is doing.

This is a story of courage and a young person who does what is the right thing to do. Realizing that faith must be put into action, she helps knowing that there is a bounty on the head of the slave, and great harm could come to her if she was caught aiding a run away slave. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 4, 2015 |
This book have beautiful picture. If is is a true work of art. It is an art style to the pen
  ana.j.diaz.1 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Unspoken is an exceptional and wordless book by Henry Cole. The book's illustrations explore two characters during the Civil War. The main character stumbles across a runaway slave in her family's barn. Instead of informing her family, she brings the runaway food each day until the runaway leaves her with a grateful gift. This story definitely illustrates the power of courage and understanding in an era where racism was prevalent. ( )
  jwesley | Jan 20, 2015 |
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To a librarian friend, who long ago ignited the spark that lit the lantern.
--H.C.
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Author's Note:When I was very little, I sat at the dining room table during Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, and listened to elderly relatives tell Civil War stories - stories they had heard directly from people who had lived during the war!
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:55 -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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