“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, by: Henry Cole, Scholastic Press, 2012, 40 pgs.
Reading Level: Wordless so anyone
Synopsis: This beautifully illustrated book by Henry Cole tells the story of a young girl living on a farm who discovers a runaway slave in her barn. The story show the kindness of the girl who gives food to the slave. The girl must decide if she has the courage to help the slave escape.
Rationale For Use: This would be a great book to introduce young children to slavery and the underground railroad. I think it would be a great book to use during black history month. It accurately portrays the south as it was during the 1800’s and the perils that faced slaves and those who had the courage to help them.
Connection to the Common Core: This book would be a great book to look at the pictures and have children tell the story. It would also be a good one to use for a writing activity and let the children write about one of the pictures.