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Unspoken A Story from the Underground Railroad (Paperback)

Author:  Henry Cole
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0545399971
ISBN-13: 9780545399975
Sku: 230243955
Publish Date: 11/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 11L x 0.5T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  8 to 11
 
A young girl''s courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger''s fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Illustrations.
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A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.

When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave
hiding in the barn, she is at once
startled and frightened.

But the stranger's fearful eyes
weigh upon her conscience,
and she must make a difficult choice.
Will she have the courage to help him?

Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl
and the runaway as they each face a journey:
one following the North Star,
the other following her heart.

Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering
of the Underground Railroad
speaks directly to our deepest sense
of compassion.
Annotation:
Henry Cole manages to impart a remarkable story of bravery and kindness through just pencil drawings alone in this picture book about the Underground Railroad. A little girl on a Virginia farm is doing her chores, but when she goes into the barn, she discovers an unknown visitor behind the cornhusks. Never really seeing the runaway slave, the girl brings food in secret, and hopes to keep the bounty hunters from finding their quarry. With a thoughtful afterward about personal family history, the use of quilts to signal a safe house, and the meaning of the North Star for runaways, this is a quietly powerful story. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2012

Praise

"Cole conjures significant tension and emotional heft...in this powerful tale of quiet camaraderie and courage." (starred review) 10/22/2012

"A farm child and a fugitive make an unspoken connection in this suspenseful, wordless Civil War episode...Moving and emotionally charged, the book is capped with a powerful close-up of the child's face on the rear cover with the legend 'What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?'" 11/01/2012

"What Cole shows so superbly through his accomplished yet unpretentious pencil art--the ideal medium for the book, as it looks as if it's of the era as well as portraying the era--is the keeping of secrets." November/December 2012

"Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia." November 2012

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   04
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Press
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