Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom
Illustrator: Michele Wood
Henry Brown was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next—as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope—and help—came in the form of the Underground Railroad. Escape!
In stanzas of six lines each, each line representing one side of a box, celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown’s story of how he came to send himself in a box from slavery to freedom.
Time line. Bibliography. Illustrator’s note. “A Note on Numbers and Language.” Full-color mixed media illustrations.
JLG Release: Jun 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Newbery Medal Honor Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
9" x 10 1/2"
Level 5.3; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A