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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
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May 04, 2009

This book is about a boy named Henry Brown who doesn't know how old he is because he's a slave and nobody keeps records of slave's birthdays. Henry's family
is broken apart when he is ordered to work in a warehouse. Henry does eventually marry; however, once again he has to undergo the same hardship as before when his family is sold again at the slave market. He has an epiphany one day while working and realizes what is necessary for him to do, which is to mail himself in a crate to the North. At the end of the book Henry finally has a birthday, which is his first day of freedom.

"Henry's Freedom Box" is written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. "Henry's Freedom Box was written in 2007 and is a true story from the Underground Railroad. There are many reasons why this book is a good read for children. First and foremost it is a Caldecott Honor Book. What makes it a good read is: true story so everyone can relate the story, Caldecott Honor Book, amazing illustrations, introduces slavery and abolitionist movement to young readers. This book caters to an elementary age audience mainly for second to fourth grade, specifically independent readers at transitional level. This book would be great to do as a guided reading at the late early level. I believe it would truly inspire the students to discuss moral issues, such as: human cruelty, unfair treatment, and prejudice.
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