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

Annotation: In this book, Henry is a young slave who is given away to a new master. Henry works hard in a factory and one day, falls in love. He marries and has children. But, his wife and children are sold and Henry is alone again. So, Henry gets help from a white doctor, who helps Henry into a box and ships him to the North. In the North, Henry is now free.

Genre: Fiction (Historical)

Grade Level: 4th-5th Grade

Readers who would like this: Older readers would enjoy the story. The material is a bit dark and probably not suitable for younger grades.

Rating and Response: I would rate this book 4/4.The material is dark, but the author keeps it as light as possible. Again, the illustrations are beautiful.

Text-Dependent Questions: What happened to Henry’s wife and kids?

Strategy: This book would be a good introduction into learning/talking about slavery. It’s a dark topic and this book would provide a good transition into something that is not easy to discuss with students.