Unspoken, A Story From The Underground Railroad

Summary:

A young girl is going about her day doing the chores that all farm girls do. Today is a bit different. When she goes to the shed to get potatoes for her mother, she sees an eye staring back at her from the pile of cornstalks. What should she do? For days, she takes food out to the shed only to return to an empty napkin. Then one day, the napkin has been transformed into a doll.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This story will captivate all audiences (including teens). Because it is wordless, readers can tell the story in a way that is personal and meaningful to them.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter thought the story was scary and amazing. She has studied the Civil War a bit at school (4th grade), so she was able to grasp the full concept of the story.

Parent Reaction

Unspoken is an aptly named title for the book. Without saying a word it leaves you speechless. The illustrations are captivating and the images they leave behind when you close the book are haunting. It isn’t until you read Mr. Cole’s history at the end that you understand the significance of some of the imagery in the beginning.

Type of Book:
This wordless picture book tells the story of a slave's stop on the Underground Railroad.
Educational Themes:

This wordless picture book is part historical fiction, part oral history.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a beautiful book whose story will become more sophisticated as your reader learns more about US history.

Title Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
Author Henry Cole
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2012
Illustrators Henry Cole
ISBN 9780545399975
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres History - US, Historical Fiction, Black History, War
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