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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Henry's Freedom Box

by Ellen Levine

Other authors: Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

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This book is absolutely amazing. Throughout the whole book you can feel the raw emotion. I would recommend this book for a 4th or 5th grade lesson. ( )
  Madima6781 | Sep 26, 2016 |
This was a well-written book with wonderful illustrations. Throughout the entire book, I was able to focus and comprehend what was being said because of the wonderful fluidity of the words and detailed pictures in the book. The book was extremely intriguing and left me wanting to read more and more. I was also able to connect with the book and was able to "feel" for Henry and the situation that he was going through, which is why I loved this book so much! It is not only a book that is interesting and engaging, but it is also a very informational at the same time. ( )
  AshleyJarrard | Sep 20, 2016 |
Love this book! shows determination!
  shandalemewis | Sep 18, 2016 |
Henry was a slave who said good-bye to his family when he was young and went to work in his master’s factory. He met a girl named Nancy one day and both of their masters agreed that they could marry. They had 3 children. Nancy’s master lost a lot of money, so he sold Nancy and the 3 children. Henry was left without his family. All he could think about was freedom. Henry and Dr. Smith decided that Henry could be shipped to Pennsylvania in a box to get freedom. He made it to Pennsylvania where he became a free man.

I liked this book because Henry ended up a free man, but the ending would have been better if he was a free man who found his family.

After reading, “Do you see those leaves blowing in the wind? They are torn from the trees like slave children are torn from their families” tell students this is a simile. Henry saw a bird and thought about how free it was and then said good-bye to his family. Have students predict what will happen next. We will talk about the vocabulary words: Underground Railroad, slave, master, and free during the reading.

Students will write about why Henry was willing to die for freedom. Students can also write about how they would change the ending of the story or continue the story. Students will think about text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to world. Henry shipped himself to Pennsylvania in a box. Ask students probing questions when they are comparing the book to other texts, their self, and the world like how Henry may have felt during the journey. ( )
  sarahthigpen | Sep 17, 2016 |
This book is about Henry Brown and how he and his family were slaves. He eventually was sold to a different master, but ended up marrying a woman and had several children with her. A few years later, his wife and children were sold to another master, and feeling hopeless, he went and shipped himself to Philadelphia in a crate because there were no slaves there.

I enjoyed this book because it tells true facts about what actually happened in the time of slavery. This is actually a true story, so it is important for children to know what slaves went though back then and what had to be accomplished before slavery was abolished. I feel like this book would be a good read-aloud for students grades 1st-3rd. The pictures tell a nice story and keep the audience intrigued throughout. ( )
  maddisonsitz | Sep 13, 2016 |
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Levine (Freedom's Children) recounts the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom. Thanks to Nelson's (Ellington Was Not a Street) penetrating portraits, readers will feel as if they can experience Henry's thoughts and feelings as he matures through unthinkable adversity. As a boy, separated from his mother, he goes to work in his new master's tobacco factory and eventually meets and marries another slave, with whom he has three children. In a heartwrenching scene depicted in a dramatically shaded pencil, watercolor and oil illustration, Henry watches as his family—suddenly sold in the slave market—disappears down the road. Henry then enlists the help of an abolitionist doctor and mails himself in a wooden crate "to a place where there are no slaves!" He travels by horse-drawn cart, steamboat and train before his box is delivered to the Philadelphia address of the doctor's friends on March 30, 1849. Alongside Henry's anguished thoughts en route, Nelson's clever cutaway images reveal the man in his cramped quarters (at times upside-down). A concluding note provides answers to questions that readers may wish had been integrated into the story line, such as where did Henry begin his journey? (Richmond, Va.); how long did it take? (27 hours). Readers never learn about Henry's life as a free man—or, perhaps unavoidably, whether he was ever reunited with his family. Still, these powerful illustrations will make readers feel as if they have gained insight into a resourceful man and his extraordinary story. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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added by sriches | editPublisher's Weekly, Reed Business Information

Gr 2–5—Inspired by an actual 1830s lithograph, this beautifully crafted picture book briefly relates the story of Henry "Box" Brown's daring escape from slavery. Torn from his mother as a child, and then forcibly separated from his wife and children as an adult, a heartsick and desperate Brown conspired with abolitionists and successfully traveled north to Philadelphia in a packing crate. His journey took just over one full day, during which he was often sideways or upside down in a wooden crate large enough to hold him, but small enough not to betray its contents. The story ends with a reimagining of the lithograph that inspired it, in which Henry Brown emerges from his unhappy confinement—in every sense of the word—and smiles upon his arrival in a comfortable Pennsylvania parlor. Particularly considering the broad scope of Levine's otherwise well-written story, some of the ancillary "facts" related in her text are unnecessarily dubious; reports vary, for instance, as to whether the man who sealed Henry into the crate was a doctor or a cobbler. And, while the text places Henry's arrival on March 30, other sources claim March 24 or 25. Nelson's illustrations, always powerful and nuanced, depict the evolution of a self-possessed child into a determined and fearless young man. While some of the specifics are unfortunately questionable, this book solidly conveys the generalities of Henry Brown's story.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
added by sriches | editSchool Library Journal, Catherine Threadgill

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Voici l'histoire étonnante d'Henri Brown , l'esclave noir qui a réussi à s'enfuir clandestinement du Sud des États - Unis de la plus originale des façons ...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043977733X, Hardcover)

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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