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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
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Sep 17, 11

bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction, children-s, picture, caldecott
Read in September, 2011

Kadir Nelson’s art is amazing, as always. He uses color very effectively to illustrate Henry’s moods and feelings throughout the story. Henry, a slave living before the Civil War, decides to escape to freedom. His beloved wife and children have been sold and he doesn’t expect to ever be reunited with them. He finds a white friend who doesn’t believe in slavery who agrees to literally mail him to a free state. Ellen Levine very clearly describes the effect that slavery had on families and address some of the realities of slave life in the United States. Highly recommended for students in grades 2 - 5.

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