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Henry's Freedom Box

Henry's Freedom Box

by Ellen Levine Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
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.
Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
2.3
Lexile Measure
380L
DRA
38
Guided Reading
P
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Autobiography and Biography, Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Ellen Levine Ellen Levine is a children's author of non-fiction books that expose kids to the behind-the-scenes experience of historical events.
Kadir Nelson Kadir Nelson is a critically acclaimed artist and illustrator. His children's book awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award.

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