Incorporate this Reader's Theater into your language arts or social studies curriculum to teach bout the Underground Railroad and slavery.
This picture book tells the true story of a well-known runaway slave from Virginia, Henry "Box" Brown, and his daring escape to freedom from slavery during the mid-1800s. Henry must endure separation from his family, yet again, for they are suddenly sold in the slave market. With the help from a white abolitionist and the Underground Railroad, Henry mails himself to Philadelphia in a wooden crate in order to obtain freedom. The story concludes as Henry is safely delivered to Philadelphia on March 30th, 1849, his first day of freedom.