Bibliographic Information: Levine, E.,& Nelson,K.(2007). Henry’s freedom box. New York: Scholastic Press.
Annotation: This story is about a young boy’s journey to adulthood as a slave trying to find freedom. Through his story, readers witnessed the hardships he had to endure, being sold as a child and leaving his family, starting a family as an adult and having his wife and children sold, and risking his life to be freed from slavery.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 3rd-5th
Readers who will like this book: I think young readers who are interested and are currently learning about Black History would find reading Nelson’s character Henry’s perspective of what slavery was and how it affected families interesting and informative.
Personal response and rating: 5/5 I think that Henry’s box is a beautiful piece of literature that can give young readers a better understanding of what life was like in times of slavery in a way that is easy for a young mind to comprehend.
Text dependent question: Why did Henry mail himself in a crate to Philadelphia?
Reading Strategies: Interactive read-aloud would be a great reading strategy for teachers to have students work on their comprehension, oral language, and content areas in literature. Teachers will give students background formation and read aloud the book so that students are familiar with the vocabulary. As the teacher reads, he/she will ask questions for students to have students focus on specific parts of the book. Later, students will engage in an open discussion and other forms of response activities. This is a great strategy to pair with this book because teachers can examine students responses during the interactive read aloud and high level of thinking and knowledge of content area.