Freedom Song

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Freedom Song

The Story of Henry "Box" Brown

By Sally M. Walker; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060583101, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2012


Henry Box Browns ingenious escape from slavery is celebrated for its daring and originality. Throughout his life, Henry was fortified by music, family, and a dream of freedom. When he seemed to lose everything, he forged these elements into the song that sustained him through the careful planning and execution of his perilous journey to the North.

Honoring Henrys determination and courage, Sibert Medalwinning author Sally M. Walker weaves a lyrical, moving story of the human spirit. And in nuanced illustrations, Sean Qualls captures the moments of strength, despair, and gratitude that highlight the remarkable story of a man determined to be free.

Praise For Freedom Song

-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Qualls’s primitive-style collage illustrations strongly convey the depth of Brown’s emotions.
-School Library Journal (starred review)