15. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Topics: underground railroad, slavery, perseverance
Units of Study: Nonfiction, Content-Area Reading and Writing, Historical Fiction
Tribes: personal best
Reading Skills: inference, emapthy
Writing Skills: incorporating symbolism, using setting details
My thoughts: I can see why this won a Caldecott Award. The illustrations by Kadir Nelson are larger than life. What’s nice about this book, as well as many biographies written for young readers, is its author’s note. Reading both the story and the author’s note is a nice way to compare narrative and expository nonfiction. Though Henry’s Freedom Box is a biography, I could also see reading this book during a unit on historical fiction to examine how an author tucks in historical details.
Entry filed under: Caldecott Award Winners, Female Authors, nonfiction, Picture Books. Tags: content-area, empathy, historical fiction, inference, narrative nonfiction, nonfiction, perseverance, personal best, setting, slavery, symbolism, underground railroad.