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HENRY’S FREEDOM BOX by Ellen Levine Kirkus Star

HENRY’S FREEDOM BOX

A True Story

By Ellen Levine (Author) , Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-77733-X
Publisher: Scholastic

Nelson’s powerful portraits add a majestic element to Levine’s history-based tale of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who escaped by having himself mailed to freedom in a crate. Depicted as a solemn boy with an arresting gaze on the cover, Henry displays riveting presence in every successive scene, as he grows from child to adult, marries and is impelled to make his escape after seeing his beloved wife and children sold to slaveowners. Related in measured, sonorous prose that makes a perfect match for the art, this is a story of pride and ingenuity that will leave readers profoundly moved, especially those who may have been tantalized by the entry on Brown in Virginia Hamilton’s Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom (1993). (afterword, reading list) (Picture book. 8-10)