Book review: Henry’s freedom box; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Henry's freedom box book coverby Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Picture book
Caldecott Honor Book, 2008
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.6
5 out of 5 stars

This is a well-told and wonderfully illustrated picture book that tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown and how he escaped from slavery on the Underground Railroad. This true story is not one that is familiar to most young children, so this book is a wonderful educational tool.

The illustrations by Kadir Nelson are perfect for the story. During his time of slavery, the pictures are dark, dreary, and full of emotion. Light enters the scene as Henry makes his way to freedom. There is an author note and Bibliography at the end that provides more information about Henry “Box” Brown as well as the Underground Railroad.

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