Henry’s Freedom Box

Levin, E. (2007). Henry’s freedom box: A true story from the Underground Railroad. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Henry, a slave for the majority of his life, endures the realistic yet heart wrenching hardships that come with his quest and fight for freedom.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade: K-4th

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy learning about U.S. history, children who enjoy stories with moral dilemmas, children learning about slavery.

Response and rating: 5; Although it is fictionalized, Henry’s story serves as a realistic account of a complex structure in history; one of which children need to understand. I loved the author’s note at the end that simply and directly explained the historical context behind the story, and thought the illustrations were important in representing this context.

Question: What is a slave? Did the U.S. ever have a period of slavery?


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