Book review: Unspoken; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Unspoken book coverby Henry Cole
Wordless picture book
Interest level: 3-7
5 out of 5 stars

This is an amazing story about a brave young girl and the runaway slave she discovered on her family’s farm. The pencil drawings on sepia-toned paper set the perfect tone.

There is an author’s note in the back that talks about Henry Cole’s connection to the story. The most interesting thing to note is that he chose to make the book wordless because the two main characters, who have a strong connection to each other, never communicate with words. The silence between the girl and the slave is reflected in the silence of the story. That makes Unspoken a truly special read.

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