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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad chapter 1 Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, meaning Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, genre Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, book cover Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, flies Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad 291feb44ab9c2 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 ArtistHenry 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

10 thoughts on “Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

  1. says:

    Ellen Levine s Henry s Freedom Box is a book that tugs at all of one s emotions It makes one angry, sad, despairing, happy And above all, it should make any reasonable, any compassionate human being indignant at the inhumanity of slavery and strive for liberty, justice and equality for all In fact, I think that Henry s Freedom Box should be required reading in every elementary school classroom, not only in the United States of America, but globally That Henry Brown has basically no rights, that slaves are considered merely property and can be sold as though they were furniture, horses, cows etc is both mind boggling and an assault on all that is decent And that Henry would be willing to actually mail himself in a wooden crate to an area of the United States where there is no slavery, in spite of the extreme danger of this undertaking to both life and limb, shows how desperate Henry is, how inhumane, how cruel slavery and the concept of slavery was and is And while I do appreciate the fact that Henry is helped in his endeavour by not only his friend James, but also by Dr Smith, a white man who is against slavery, I do indeed at times wonder why Dr Smith does not offer to travel to Philadelphia with the box, as this would have made Henry s trip both safer and also much comfortable.As to the accompanying illustrations by Kadir Nelson, they literally do take one s breath away with their detail and expressiveness Indeed they are a wonderful complement to the story, to Ellen Levine s words, and as such, they majorly underline the cruelty of slavery, the despair that slavery and the inhumane actions, behaviours of many perhaps even most of the slave owners have on those affected one only has to look at Henry s eyes, his depicted sadness and utter despair when he loses his family and not only once, but actually twice I also appreciate that both the illustrations and textual words manage to successfully convey the cruelty of slavery without the use of either overtly violent pictures or narrative And the appreciated fact that the violence and physical cruelty of slavery are never all that overtly shown although always implied, always lurking in the backgorund makes Henry s Freedom Box suitable for both younger and older children.I have to admit that I do have a bit of a problem with Henry Brown being called a runaway slave I know this is likely very much a personal dislike of the word, but whenever I hear or read the word runaway in conjunction with slave, it leaves a bit of a stigma and an air of negativity as though Henry and other escaping slaves historically actually did something wrong, which in my mind is simply not the case, as they were escaping from situations, scenarios that were both morally and ethically criminal and inhumane My friend Abigail calls Henry Box Brown an Abolitionist celebrity in her excellent review, and that is a much fitting description in my opinion one can even call Henry Box Brown an Abolitionist hero, because runaway semantically does at least to and for me leave the unacceptable tinge of Henry Brown actually having done something morally wrong in some manner.And finally, while I have generally enjoyed the author s note and am most happy it has been included, I do rather feel that Ellen Levine has not given us nearly enough details As I knew patently nothing about Henry Box Brown prior to reading , I for one would most definitely have appreciated historical facts, additional information, not only about Henry s life and times as a slave, but also and especially with regard to his life after freedom, about his life in Philadelphia Additional historical, non fiction details would of course also be an additional boon to teachers using this book in the classroom, as the story will undoubtedly engender both discussion and questions which it should, which it must But all in all, Henry s Freedom Box is a wonderful, moving, and very much important picture book, a book that should really be read by every child, and in my opinion, every adult as well.

  2. says:

    This was a phenomenal book that taught about Henry Brown During slavery he was married and had children, but when their master struggled with money they were sold to a different owner He escaped slavery by being shipped in a box to Philadelphia This book is easy for children to follow a long and has great photos that represent everything that is being said.

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    This is another book that I was reading for the Children s Book Club for Black History Month and I will admit that I just loved this book to death Henry s Freedom Box is a Caldecott Honor Book by Ellen Levine along with illustrations by Kadir Nelson and it is about a runaway slave named Henry Box Brown who thinks of a clever plan to get out of slavery after his family is sold Henry s Freedom Box is a truly inspiring and dramatic book for children who want to learn about the horrors of slavery.I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book because I wanted to learn about black history, being that this is black history month and I wanted to learn about the horrors of slavery for blacks Ellen Levine had done an excellent job at writing this true story about Henry Box Brown s clever escape from slavery I loved how Ellen Levine made this story extremely dramatic and breathtaking at the same time as I was really moved by Henry s loss of his family and how he wanted to escape from the cruel life of slavery and I was so amazed at how Henry escaped slavery by mailing himself in a box to freedom because that idea sounded so ingenious and risky that I was practically worrying about Henry s safety in arriving to a land of freedom I also loved how Ellen Levine provided a note at the end of the book about how Henry Brown was one of the most famous runaway slaves and how there were over four million slaves living in the United States and that information alone was enough to let me ask myself about how could we have so many innocent people as slaves It really gave me so much knowledge about Henry Brown that I never knew before and how his plan made him such a famous runaway slave, which I think that his recognition in black history is greatly well deserved because his plan was so brilliant Kadir Nelson s illustrations are extremely beautiful in this book as they realistically portrayed the pain and sorrow that Henry has to endure during his days of slavery The image I really loved was a close up shot of Henry s sad face after his wife Nancy told him that their children might be sold and you can see the sadness on Henry s face and what truly made this image so breathtaking was how the light from the window reflected off of Henry s face, which seems to make this image look like a foreshadowing about what is in store for Henry.All in all, Henry s Freedom Box is a truly touching book that children who want to learn about slavery and the heroic figures during slavery will easily enjoy this book I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to some sad scenes.Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    I read this as one of six books chosen by the Children s Books group s Picture Books Club for its February theme of Black History Month.The subtitle of this book is A True Story from the Underground Railroad It s the true story of Henry Box Brown, a man who mailed himself to freedom, to a state where there was no slavery Before I read this, I thought that it was a historical fiction story I didn t realize that this was a true story until I read it This book is a seamless mix of highly disturbing very uplifting This book did a magnificent job of describing horrific events in a way suitable for children, even though there are going to be many highly perturbed readers listeners But, that is appropriate.How Henry tolerated his burn and the shipping box, and the loss of loved ones I m still broken hearted over that makes for an amazing story I d never heard of this man before I d read this book, and now I want to read about him This story covers Henry s life from the time he was a young boy until he makes his escape as a man who s been a husband and father.Both within the story and in the author s note, much information gets conveyed about the inhumanity of slavery It does not shy away from the horrors slavery entailed, not the least of which was not belonging to yourself, not being free Henry s brilliant and brave choice is very inspiring and it and the resolution kept the book from being overly disturbing I was happy to see that one of the people who helped Henry escape, and helped make arrangements for his destination, was a white doctor who did not believe in slavery.I do recommend this for reading aloud, one to one or in a group Kids, especially sensitive kids, are likely to have a lot of questions and want to discuss Henry s life, slavery, etc.The illustrations are wonderful I can understand why this book is a Caldecott Honor book.4 stars star off because I wanted details, even in this children s picture book.Henry s birthday which he made possible after living a life with no birthday because slaves were not allowed to have birthdays don t get me started on the human race is such a powerful moment in the story.

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    Reviewed for THC Reviews Henry s Freedom Box is a wonderful storybook for teaching younger children about slavery and the Underground Railroad It is the true story of Henry Box Brown who mailed himself to freedom Henry s bravery and ingenuity were inspiring to read about It is very sad that Henry lost his entire family when they were sold and apparently was never reunited with them, but it seems that his pain may have been a driving force in his quest for freedom He also became an internationally renowned spokesperson for the Underground Railroad and abolition, and even wrote an autobiographical account of his life as a slave and his escape which I hope to read at some point.Half the beauty of a picture book are the illustrations and the ones here are quite lovely I was very impressed with how realistic and emotive they are The pictures almost tell the story all by themselves Kadir Nelson is a very talented artist His illustrations combined with Ellen Levine s words to create an amazing book that became a Caldecott Honor book as well as winning numerous other awards and accolades In my opinion, they are all well deserved I recommend Henry s Freedom Box to both children and parents, and I ll definitely be acquiring a copy for my own keeper shelf.

  6. says:

    Excellent biography of Henry, a slave who mails himself to freedom with help from white friends on the underground railroad I love that it conveyed the issues and emotions so poignantly and powerfully without being too graphic or bogged down I just felt so in tune with what Henry was going through I mean, obviously I have no idea what it must have really been like, but kudos to the author and illustrator for making me feel like I was there and that my heart had been on a remarkable journey in just these few short pages I also appreciate that good white people were shown, helping on the Underground Railroad, and I loved Henry s ingenuity and bravery in mailing himself to freedom And the complexities of the slave owners were also hinted at such as how the one was a good master but not good enough to free his slaves upon his death and how Henry s family was allowed to stay together a nice thing in the time until there were hard times on the plantation and the owner had to sell them Not that I am making any excuses for the slave owners, but I just appreciated the book showing these nuances so subtly and in a seamless flow with the narrative And the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and so heartfelt Anyway, a five star book for me The typical age recommendation I see is 4 8 I think four is too young but the 6 8 group might be okay it is gentle than a lot of picture books about slavery but at the same time some children could be very upset at the idea of a family being torn apart I think it s so haunting And the scene where Henry burns his own hand so he has an excuse to stay home one day is heart wrenching

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    This is an inspirational, amazing and true story, with breathtakingly detailed and expressive illustrations It is certainly worthy of its Caldecott Honor designation It s a story that will take you from joy to heartache and back again in a short narrative that will captivate young elementary school age children We read this as one of the February 2011 selections for the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books group here at Goodreads I am so grateful to have been introduced to this story, and that I was able to share it with our girls.This book was also selected as one of the books for the September 2017 Caldecott Honors 2008 2012 discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads.

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    Henry s Freedom Box was a story selection for the Children s Picture Book Club found here off thank you again to the group for introducing wonderful books I may have otherwise never found I held this book in my hands for several minutes after I read it This isn t a normal practice for me I fought back tears and feelings of heartbreak at the same time thinking this was a fabulous book I felt I was living every moment with Henry on his journey to freedom by mailing himself in a box Henry was amazing and brave to even have thought of that It was refreshing to read about the people who helped Henry on his journey, one of them being a white doctor who thought slavery was wrong I had never heard of Henry Box Brown before reading this book and actually thought it was a fiction until I read the inside jacket flap.The illustrations were superb, using crosshatched pencil lines and applied layers of watercolor and oil paint So lovely, no wonder it is a Caldecott Honor Book I learned that Kadir Nelson illustrated Will Smith s Just the Two of Us which received an NAACP Image Award I have added this to my to read shelf I always appreciate when books add additional information This book provided additional information on Henry and the Underground Railroad This is a book that makes you think, think about what this man had to go through for freedom and how lucky you are to have been born free.

  9. says:

    This is a true story from the Underground Railroad about an African American slave gaining his freedom and the hardships he faces achieving this victory Henry is a young boy who does not have a birthday This is no surprise because there were no records of slave s birthdays He is torn from his family at a young age and put to work in a warehouse He soon meets a girl named Nancy and marries her They have three children and are happy Henry s happiness is torn away when his family gets sold in the slave market while Henry was at worked He continues to work and accepts that he will never see his family again, but does not accept his current lifestyle He decides that he must try to escape to a place where there are no slaves With the help of a White man named Dr Smith, Henry mailed himself in a wooden crate to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania After a long journey, Henry arrives safely and finally has a birthday which is also the day he gained his freedom I would use this book in my classroom as a starting point for a social studies unit on slavery We would first discuss what we think we know about slavery before reading this book As we read the book, there will be numerous stopping points and pauses for children to think about what they just heard and respond to it in turn and talks and in their writing journals I would have the students compare their ideas prior to reading the book to the new information they learned about slavery after reading Henry s Freedom Box I think that this is a great way to introduce slavery to students especially because this text is based on true events I am in awe after reading this book I caught myself constantly empathizing with Henry and feeling all sorts of emotions I felt devastated, upset, hopeful, and joyous while reading this book I think that it would be a wonderful story when teaching empathy because the reader gets so drawn into each page, constantly feeling what Henry is feeling The first page draws you in right away saying, Henry Brown wasn t sure how old he was Henry was a slave And slaves weren t allowed to know their birthdays Wow Right away I was captivated and dying to read the rest The author s words are undeniably impactful and captivating The illustrations coincide beautifully with the sentences and shine into the soul of each character image error

  10. says:

    More amazing illustrations by Kadir Nelson Definitely deserves all the accolades it s gotten this year Based on an incredible story that I hadn t heard before A boy born in to slavery is sold away from his family as a young child As an adult, his wife and children are sold away from him At that point, he just can t take it any, and he decides to send himself all the way from Richmond, VA to Philadelphia, in a box He makes it there, and for the rest of his life he s known as Henry BOX Brown I love this story.

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