Dion Graham delivers this narrative poetry with understated passion, giving dignity to Henry Brown's story of escape from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a box. Graham transports the listener to a painful time and place in our history, blending a Southern accent with Weatherford's hybrid of modern and period language. Graham is soft-spoken yet expressive reciting poems like "Work" and "Brutality." His quiet voice hints at fear of being overheard as soft music plays in the background. In "Fear" and in "Nat," a poem recounting Nat Turner's failed rebellion, Graham's voice intensifies, along with the violin music. Henry's tragic background explains his willingness to attempt a perilous escape. Dramatic music and whispered dialogue give way to joy upon Henry's safe arrival in Philadelphia. Timeline and author/illustrator notes are included. L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2020]
Trade Ed. Dreamscape 2020
CD ISBN 9781690592617 $19.99 One CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781690592594 $14.90 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781690592624 $9.99
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