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Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
by Sally M. Walker, Sean Qualls

I came across this at the library one morning when I was vollunteering and gave it a quick read. I was familiar with Henry Brown's story, and I liked this version of it here, which was written around the concept of songs that were inside Henry (working songs, family songs, and freedom songs). I thought that Harry's singing and longing worked well for carrying the story along through his life and adventures. When he finally devises a way to be free, this children's book did not shy away from how dangerous and difficult it was. And the thrill of freedom is easily felt and understood.

The illustrations by Sean Qualls were fantastic, done with a very specific style that was both bold and appealing. Strong emotions came through loud and clear.

June 2017

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