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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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This is a historical fiction book that is depicted using solely illustrations. The author tells the story in a way that allows the audience to fill in the thoughts and follow along, noticing the symbols and expressions on each page. Beginning in a quiet setting, this story takes us on a journey of courage that leads an escaped slave to safety.
  Emilywilson23 | Apr 7, 2015 |
I was interested to see how a story regarding the Underground Railroad could be portrayed in a wordless picture book. I was entranced to follow this story – the author/illustrator does an amazing job conveying the fear, the humanity, and the hard choices that are made. It was a wonderful book.
Curricular connection can be made with social studies and language arts for third and fourth grade. Social studies connections can be made by looking at the story and then researching the Underground Railroad and making connections with the factual events that are discovered; language arts can be connected by having the students write a story to go along with the pictures.
  tona.iwen | Apr 3, 2015 |
Summary: This wordless book is about a little girl during the civil war, who one day while getting eggs from the hen house hears a noise in the corn field. She doesn't see anyone, but she knows someone is there. and she is afraid. At night she goes back to the hen house, taking with her a piece of bread. Each day she is taking food. One day some men comes to her house to let her family know that a slave has ran away, and that there is a reward for him. At night when she goes back to the hen house she finds a rag doll on the floor, and the runaway slave gone.
Personal reaction: I really liked this book. Even though it is wordless it's very expressive and exciting.
Extension: I would use this book in my classroom to tell this story, as well as asking my students to help in telling a story from the pictures. I think it would be fun to hear what they would come up with.
  SusieDell | Mar 25, 2015 |
Summary: Unspoken is about a young girl who comes across a runaway slave on her family’s farm. She sneaks food out to him, and when soldier’s come looking, she is silent, and he thanks her with a doll. It is told completely in pictures, with no words.

Personal Reaction: This was a cute, quick read. The underlying story was sad, of course, being about slavery. But the girl’s selflessness in keeping the young slave a secret, and bringing him food, was uplifting.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Teach kids more about the Underground Railroad. Have them talk about what they would do in that situation.
  yelhsajoh | Mar 25, 2015 |
Summary: A book with no words but so much to say. This is a story of a young girl embarking on the underground railroad. She is a white girl following her heart through the railroad escaping the Southern white ways about slaves. She sees a slave hiding in a barn. She knows of the reward for the slave and the trouble she would be in it she found out.

Personal Reaction: Never "read" a wordless book before. It was fun putting my own words to the beautiful illustrations.

Classroom Extension: Every child tell a story about themselves through pictures.
  estep13 | Mar 25, 2015 |
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To a librarian friend, who long ago ignited the spark that lit the lantern.
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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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