Reference: Levine, E., & Nelson, K. (2007). Henry’s freedom box. New York: Scholastic Press.

  • Brief Annotation: This story is about a boy who is born into slavery and the struggles he faces being a slave. The book expresses the suffering he endures from the loss of his family and the risks he takes to be free. With the help of a trustworthy white doctor, he ships himself to freedom.
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Grade Level: 4th or 5th grade
  • Readers who would like this: Readers who are learning about slavery would find this book useful. The words within the book are not difficult to read, but the content and the message from the book might be too much for younger students to understand. This would be a good book to teach children about slavery and how awful it was for slaves. It shows that there were some people that were not for slavery, but how hard it was to become free.
  • Rating and Response: I rate this story a 4/5. I give it a four because the content seems to be very dark for children in elementary school, but it is very informational for children. It is incredibly important to share stories that represent how bad slavery was, and this book does just that.
  • Text Dependent Question: How did Henry become free?