Henry's Freedom Box

Henry's Freedom Box

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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780439777339
043977733X
Branch Call Number: J LEV
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir - Illustrator

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A touching story about Henry, who decides to escape slavery by shipping himself to the north in a wooden box. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

A touching story about Henry, who decides to escape slavery by shipping himself to the north in a wooden box. Recommended for ages 6 and up.


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ArapahoeTina Mar 09, 2020

I loved the simplicity with which this historical story was told. It was informative and absolutely heartbreaking all at once, with illustrations that were gorgeous. A must read for kids interested in history, or kids who just want to understand more about the world and all its varied joys and tragedies.

TSCPL_Sherry Nov 27, 2019

Incredible true story in a picture book format of the underground railroad.

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hlminton
May 17, 2018

This is a harrowing story that ends well, and Kadir Nelson's illustrations are stunning.

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BookEMonster
Feb 02, 2018

Well told story and illustrations. Very sad, but inspiring.

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ASEELALANQAR
Jan 29, 2015

I love that book it is the best book in my opinion.

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

A great book about the underground railroad and the freedom of Henry

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BSKing
Mar 31, 2013

“Henry's Freedom Box” is a great picture book for teaching younger children about slavery and the Underground Railroad. That is why I would recommend this to both parents and teachers. There is not a lot of violence injected or derogatory slang in the book even though it is a story on slavery. “Henry's Freedom Box” is based off the true story of Henry “Box” Brown who mailed himself to freedom. Even though he was never reunited with his family; Henry still saw his freedom. The illustrations were impressive; I feel it captured the story. I was awestruck with how realistic and emotional the pictures are. The pictures could almost tell the story all by themselves.

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ArapahoeTina Mar 31, 2020

ArapahoeTina thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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BSKing
Mar 31, 2013

BSKing thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

VeganGreen Apr 30, 2010

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

In this book it shoed slaves did did not even have birthdays and Henry gained his freedom by being mailed in a box to Philadelphia, the trip was painful for him.His children were sold to other white people. Henry escaped slavery but it was very painful.

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BSKing
Mar 31, 2013

“Some slaves were freed by their owners. Henry’s heart beat fast. Maybe the master would free him.”
This story is based off the true story of Henry "Box" Brown. Henry grew up in slavery and did not know his birthday. He later on got married and his whole family was sold into slavery; this is when Henry took matters into his own hands, he mailed himself to freedom.

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

He awoke to loud knocking Henry are you all right in there. All right he answered

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BSKing
Mar 31, 2013

“Some slaves were freed by their owners. Henry’s heart beat fast. Maybe the master would free him.”

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