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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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A young girl on a farm in Virginia helps a runaway slave hiding in her barn. Wordless.
  LizinHillsdale | Jul 31, 2014 |
The beautiful pencil illustrations in this book make words unnecessary. What I like is that it is a different kind of story being told about that time in history. Not of the war or violence or even the underground railroad itself with Harriet Tubman. It is about the small things that some people did to help the escaped slaves like hide them in farmhouses and give them food and provide safe passage. The author's note at the end ties the story together well.
  ediekm1990 | May 17, 2014 |
I really love this book. The first reason I love this book is because it tells an amazing story with absolutely no words. The entire book is just pictures.

The second reason I really like this book is because the illustrations are so strong you don't need words to understand. For example on one page you can see a picture of men riding around with wanted signs and they are looking for someone. On the next page you can see the little girl peeking out and looking with a scared look on her face. She was afraid they would find the people they were hiding.

The main idea of this book is to share a story about what life was like for runaway slaves and the people that hid them. ( )
  jraeke1 | Apr 17, 2014 |
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.

TAGS-HISTORIC REALISM SLAVERY CHILDREN HISTORY
  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 |
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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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