Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

by Ellen Levine

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.

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Childrens
  • Rating: 4.48
  • Pages: 40
  • Publish Date: 2007 by Scholastic Press
  • Isbn10: 043977733X
  • Isbn13: 9780439777339

What People Think about "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad"

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 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). As I knew patently nothing about Henry "Box" Brown prior to reading , I for one would most definitely have appreciated more 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.

Henrys 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. Henrys Freedom Box is a truly inspiring and dramatic book for children who want to learn more about the horrors of slavery.

Its the true story of Henry Box Brown, a man who mailed himself to freedom, to a state where there was no slavery. Id never heard of this man before Id read this book, and now I want to read more about him. This story covers Henrys life from the time he was a young boy until he makes his escape as a man whos been a husband and father. 4 stars; star off because I wanted more details, even in this childrens picture book.

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.

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. (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 more 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.

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.

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. (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.

Henry is a young boy who does not have a birthday. Henrys happiness is torn away when his family gets sold in the slave market while Henry was at worked. 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 Henrys Freedom Box. I think that this is a great way to introduce slavery to students especially because this text is based on true events.

He makes it there, and for the rest of his life he's known as Henry "BOX" Brown.

Although she enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction, most of Ellen's books for young readers have been nonfiction.