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Henry's Freedom Box

A True Story from the Underground Railroad

By Ellen Levine Illustrator Kadir Nelson

Henry's Freedom Box

A True Story from the Underground Railroad

By Ellen Levine Illustrator Kadir Nelson
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A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry "Box" Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday, his first day of freedom.


"This captivating production combines Nelson's textural drawings, Jerry Dixon's poignant narration, and composer David Mansfield's atmospheric mood music." - Booklist
"Ellen Levine's well-crafted story is paired with Kadir Nelson's touching illustrations in this iconographic rendition of the 2008 Caldecott Honor Book." - ALA Notable Video Committee
"…Kadir Nelson's heart-touching art (is) scanned iconographically, giving viewers the chance to appreciate the finer details. Nicely narrated by Jerry Dixon, with original music and sound effects that help bring the story to life." - School Library Journal
"…a tale that inspires. Recommended." - ***, Video Librarian


Caldecott Honor Book ALA Notable Book IRA Notable Book for A Global Society

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS505740
  • ISBN13: 9780545057400
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 40
  • Genre:
    Historical Fiction
  • Weston Woods ID: PB854
  • Grades: 2 - 5
  • Lexile® Measure: AD490L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Q
  • DRA Level: 40
  • ACR Level: 3

Henry's Freedom Box

Paperback Book


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