Vivid, realistic picturesdone in with oil paints overwhelm the pages of this story. Henry, a young slave boy, is torn from his family and sent to his master's son to work for him. He is beaten and treated badly, but his life is better when he meets a young girl. He marries Nancy and bears children, but they are soon sold and Henry's world is torn apart. He decides to mail himself to a free land. He suffers through many hours in the box. He arrives safely in Philadelphia and celebrates his birthday for the first time. Henry "Box" Brown, a brave man who sought out freedom and got it!Beautiful story with beautiful artwork!