Henry’s Freedom Box

Bibliographic Information: Levine, Ellen, and Kadir Nelson. Henry’s Freedom Box. New York: Scholastic, 2007. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story tells the journey of a young African American man, during the time of slavery,who decides to ship himself in a box to Pennsylvania, where he can become a free man.

Genre: fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Students who have taken an interest in history and/or slavery.  There may be many students who understand the meaning of freedom and can relate to wanting that freedom.

Rating/Response: 4 This book was very well written and was able to convey the overall message of freedom in a brilliant way.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Get out a decent size box and ask the students if they could imagine living in that box for a certain number of days.  Why wouldn’t you be able to?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: Although some of the ideas in this book are somewhat unrealistic, it delivers a nice picture of what it was like for an African American slave living in the South during that time.  It would be a great book during American History.

Posted by: Breanna Richey


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