Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday — his first day of freedom.
This extraordinary Black History Month book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like complex emotions, slavery, and perseverance. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for predicting and inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad in speech therapy below: