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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad (2012)

by Henry Cole

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Unspoken is a powerful wordless picture book that shows the story of a young girl helping an enslaved person who is hiding on her farm. While there are no words in this book, it truly speaks volumes. We what the enslaved person is risking when men with guns come to the farm looking for the escaped person, and how brave they are for escaping when possible. We also see our other main character, a little girl, unable to allow a person who is hiding go hungry. She brings the enslaved person food and keeps their secret, even though she knows the risks. This book was very impactful, I found it truly an accomplishment to be have done without words. The illustrations are beautiful, carrying the story and helping the reader see and comprehend what is happening. This book is excellent for those learning about the injustices of the time of civil war. I very much enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. ( )
  mledward | Apr 10, 2019 |
This wordless picture book is suitable for readers of all ages, and different readers may have different interpretations of the story. For example, some readers may not be able to interpret the meaning of the flag, but the reader can think, predict and infer according to the picture, feeling the courage and goodwill of the little girl, and discussing the core theme of the story. "What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?" ( )
  AprilX | Jan 23, 2019 |
Uses illustrations to explain a story, this is the best book without words, it only used pictures to explain a story that is a very sensitive topic. ( )
  Brian428 | Nov 30, 2018 |
This wordless picture book is an interesting look at the Underground Railroad from the perspective of a young white girl who helped a black person hide from soldiers. This book could be paired with a nonfiction book about the Underground Railroad and what black refugees faced during that time. Since it is wordless, it could be used with a range of reading levels. ( )
  aripley16 | Oct 23, 2018 |
A wordless and colorless book that is far from boring. A young white girl living in the Confederate South discovers a runaway slave hiding in her family's barn and must make a difficult choice. She chooses courage and goodwill, keeping the runaway's secret and bringing food. The girl is gifted a doll as a token of gratitude.
This book allows for countless questions, predictions, and inferences about each page (and the title itself). Perfect book for opening up a discussion focusing on the book jacket's tagline: "What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?" ( )
  HSunseri | Sep 23, 2018 |
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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 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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