Henry’s Freedom Box

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

Brief Annotation: Henry’s Freedom Box describes Henry’s journey as a slave striving to create a life of his own, where he is free.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 2-3

Readers who will like this: Children will enjoy this because they will find that they have empathy towards Henry and want to read about his journey in hopes that he will find freedom.

Rating/Response 3 Henry’s Freedom Box was an interesting book that was able to incorporate slavery into a way that young children could read about. I wished a few things in the book had gone differently though.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What does being free mean to you?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rational for Strategy: Henry’s Freedom Box is a historical book about slavery. The book allows students to learn about slavery and the concept of freedom in a way that they are able to understand.

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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