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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
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Feb 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: juvenile-non-fic
Read in February, 2012

So I just love anything Kadir Nelson does.

And this is no exception. Been starting off first grade lessons this week with "This is probably the saddest story we will ever read together." Then we go on to discuss what they know about slavery (I do know in the classroom they read about Abraham Lincoln and how he freed the slaves, so they have some idea though not much). and to read the story.

All the gasps at how Henry is torn away from his mother, how the master could beat him, how his wife and children were sold away from him. It is heartwarming to see that they could be so aghast. Means they've got the right idea. It wasn't right that slavery happened to anyone.

Then we filled out an organizer where they drew a picture of the main characters, the setting, the problem, and then the solution. I told them I hoped they'd go home and tell their families about this true story.

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