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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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SUMMARY-a little girl who lives on the family farm finds a runaway slave hiding out in the barn

PERSONAL REACTION-great book on what might have happened during those times in history

CLASSROOM EXTENSION-can be used in a history lesson or as a life lesson.

  PauletteHernandez | Mar 26, 2014 |
This is a book without words that depicts a girl on a farm during the civil war. During her daily chores she sees somebody in their corn field, a person who is hiding. At first she looks frightened then she became aware of the persons situation. She then begins to bring the person food. One day two men on horses came looking for the missing person. Thank goodness they leave empty handed.

Reaction: This story is a great way to introduce children to the history of the civil war. It can be a sensitive issue to some children, so it can be a difficult topic to address.

Extension: Learn about the underground railroad by visiting a museum, or we could have our own underground railroad in the school. I saw on the news where they had one a Central Middle School, it looked like a great, fun idea.
  MelodyJobe | Mar 26, 2014 |
Unspoken by Henry Cole

Summary: This wordless picture book illustrates a very deep tale of a young girl in the south, who discovers a runaway slave on her farm. The girl aids the slave with food, even with threats from the confederate officers to her family.

Personal Reaction: I like this book a lot, because it allows readers to use their imagination and creativity. The illustrations are very detailed and amazingly tell the story.

Classroom Extensions: 1) Have the students describe the pictures one by one. Discuss what the underground railroad was and what the people who were using the Railroad went through.
2) Have the students act out the book and create a storyline for the book while doing so. ( )
  Skylerdabney | Mar 26, 2014 |
Summary: This story is about a young girl who lives on a farm. One day she's out doing her chores when she hears something in the hay out in the barn. That night she snuck food out for them and ran back to the house. She did this for awhile until men on horses came in searched for a missing slave. As a token of thanks the slave left the little girl a play doll.

Personal Reaction: I thought this book was bitter sweet. I hated the fact that the slaves were trying to hide and get away, but I thought it was nice when the little girl tried to help them. This book in my opinion can be a good teaching tool and should be added to your book collection.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Let the class create a doll just like they did in the book.

2) Ask the class if they had a chance to change the story how would it end.

3) Let the class think of other obsticles that the little girl might have faced during that time period.

4) Have the class draw additional scenes to add on to the story. ( )
  ElizabethJackson7 | Mar 24, 2014 |
Unspoken is a wordless story about a young girl who brings food to a freed slave hiding in her barn. Confederate soldiers come looking for the slave but do not find him (or her). The illustrations are all done in pencil and convey strong emotion. There is an unspoken but beautiful bond between the girl and her endangered friend.
  Colbi | Mar 16, 2014 |
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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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