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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
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Henry grew up not knowing how old he was and was not allowed a middle name. Henry was born into slavery and slaves are not allowed to know their birthdays or allowed to have the same privileges as whites.

Most of Henry’s childhood was spent working in the big house of his master. One day, his master decided to sell Henry to his son and he quickly was separated from his family. Henry went to go work for his new master in a factory where he rolled tobacco leaves. After a few years of working in his new masters factory he met woman named Nancy who became his wife. They had three children together but were owned by different masters. When Nancy’s owner lost a great deal of money Henry’s wife and children were sold.

After his family was sold and gone before his eyes he did not know what to do. Henry had been a big dreamer when he was a boy. He dreamed of one day living in a world where his life belonged to him. So with the help of his white friend, Henry was determined to achieve his childhood dream and escape slavery. Henry went on to become one of the Underground Railroads most famous runaway slaves risking his hoping to reach safety in what he called his Freedom Box.

Children ages 6-10 will love this heartwarming story of Henry and his determination to become free. Teachers and children will love hearing this story of a real life hero and can go back in time to learn what life was like traveling to freedom!
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message 1: by N_patricia (new)

N_patricia Brunner Henry's Freedom Box is a story that I would like to read to my students to teach them about the Underground Railroad and slavery. Henry's Freedom Box is an inspirational story that hopefully will develop historical empathy and compassion for others. Many children take freedom in the United States for granted. This sounds like a great story to read to my 6th graders. Thank you for the detailed review.


Ruth This particular book is quite heartwarming, but raised many questions in my mind. I wondered about the untold story--that left out between page breaks. did Henry ever try to communicate with his wife and children? How was he able to go on without them? How did he live out the rest of his life (more detail).


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