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Henry's Freedom Box
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine
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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 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.
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peytonfleming
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Review: Henrys Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine, 2007, is a Caldecott Honor winner about the true story of a mans journey to freedom. It has beautiful illustrations and portrays the story very well.
Blurb: I would use this story in my class to talk about slavery. It's a nonfiction tale so its a good resource to use.
Quote: “Henry Brown wasn‘t sure how old he was. Henry was a slave. And slaves weren‘t allowed to know their birthdays.“

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Niaaelizz
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine

This book is a very good display for young children on slavery and I would use in my classroom definitely!

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Niaaelizz
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“Some slaves were freed by their owners. Henry‘s heart beat fast. Maybe the master would free him.”

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Niaaelizz
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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This book is a great take on slavery as it is kid friendly and has a great approach to introducing slavery: the idea that Henry ships himself off to freedom can be a less brutal approach on the reality of how things were for slaves. The book still provides a lot of important aspects/facts for children to know about.

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mollywimmers1
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“welcome to Philadelphia“

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mollywimmers1
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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my favorite part was when the two men flipped the box over to sit on it and the illustration was funny.

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mollywimmers1
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I loved this book, such a good story of history. I really liked the illustrationsand the way the story flowed

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Cd053917
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“But something‘s missing..”

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Cd053917
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

This book is a wonderful story about a young slave who undergoes many hardships! I will definitely incorporate this into my classroom!

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Cd053917
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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“Henry‘s Freedom Box” was written by Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine in 2007. This book is a wonderful example of historical fiction by telling a story about a young black slave who escapes and has to make a new life.

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ds111717
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“At last Henry had a birthday - March 30, 1849, his first day of freedom! And from that day on, he also had a middle name. Everyone called him Henry “BOX“ Brown.“

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ds111717
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine

I would use this book in my classroom to explain the Underground Railroad and slavery and everyone's fight for freedom, no matter how crazy the ways were. The book is easy to comprehend but it's an emotional piece because of how real and accurate the situation was.

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ds111717
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Henry'd Freedom Box written by Ellen Levine. Tells the true story from the Underground Railroad about Henry Brown and his journey to freedom by mailing himself to Philadelphia. The details of the person, place and time as well as values and norms of the culture depicted is historically correct.

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easch
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“I‘m afraid he will sell our children” I don‘t like this quote but it spoke to me. I could never imagine being afraid of something like that. Having you children is one of the greatest things and having to worry about that is horrible.

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easch
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine

I would read this to my class. I think they would be surprised to hear that children were taken away from their families and you had to work or you would be beaten. I think it is important to teach children these things.

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easch
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Henry‘s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, 2007. This book was a tough one to read. It‘s easy to forget what slaves went through. The horrific truth that they were ripped away from their families and had to watch their own children be sold like animals. I couldn‘t even imagine. At the end Henry was finally free after being suffocated in that box but the book never said where his family ended up.

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ev844718
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“At last Henry had a birthday - March 30, 1849, his first day of freedom!”

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ev844718
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine

I think this book can be very knowledgeable for the kids! It teaches them at a young age how things were in the past.

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ev844718
Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine
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Henry‘s Freedom Box is written by Ellen Levine and was published in 2007. The book is about a young boy who was a slave. He was controlled by a master & had to deal with losing his family members. However, he was placed in a box and able to escape.

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abbychlosta
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“He tried to forget what Nancy had said.”

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abbychlosta
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

This is a great story to teach children about what it was like to be a slave and all that they had to deal with. It would also be a great book to read as an introduction for the Underground Railroad.

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abbychlosta
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Henry‘s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine is a piece of historical fiction. It was published in 2007. It is the story of Henry who was a slave since birth. He was sold out of his family, met his wife and later had children. His wife and kids were sold and he couldn‘t handle being a slave anymore. With help he was put in a crate and shipped to Pennsylvania where slavery was illegal. This is a great book to teach children about slavery.

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k.gauze
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“But slaves didn‘t dare sing in the streets. Instead, he hummed all the way home.”

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k.gauze
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This historical fiction book made me extremely sad reading it. This book addresses how slavery could rip families apart and how there was nothing they could do about it. Even though this book ends somewhat happily there is no reunion with the family which is genuinely how it happened. This book would be a good conversation starter and a good way to begin teaching about slavery.

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sarabellini
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

Henry felt like singing. But slaves didn't dare to sing in the streets. Instead, he hummed all the way home.

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sarabellini
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I liked the illustrations in this book and how it is a true story of how Henry mailed himself to freedom.

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sarabellini
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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This book is about a young boy, Henry, who is a slave. He does not know how old he is because no one keeps records of slaves' birthdays. He dreams about freedom, but it seems far away since he was taken from his family and put to work in a warehouse. The readers are walked through his journey of his life until he finally has a birthday which is his first day of freedom.

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mack2799
Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

“The cover was pried open. Henry stretched and stood up. Four men smiled at him. 'Welcome to Philadelphia!'“

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mack2799
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This historical fiction book is insightful on the amount of research in the historical context put into it. It is a fictional story with true events and it contains accurate history bits with twists of fake events inside. These twists are added for interest of a child to keep them involved!