Henry’s Freedom Box

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

Henry Brown, a Virginia slave in 1849, hides himself in a wooden crate and ships himself to Philadelphia from Richmond.

Fiction with some biographical references

Second grade and up

This is a very straightforward story based on the harsh realities of the Underground Railroad. They do talk about children being taken away from their families and sold so the reader should be prepared to talk to the children about this story.

A lot of stories from the Underground Railroad are from older men and women, so I think this story really speaks to the younger audience. Like all of Nelson’s works, the illustrations are perfect for the story.

Why doesn’t Henry know how old he is?