Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

LIBR 237 LMC Materials

Author / Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Scholastic Press  (2012)
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-10: 0545399971
ISBN-13: 978-0545399975

A wordless book with detailed black and white pencil drawings on tan colored paper that set the mood for this story about the underground railroad. Unspoken begins on the dedication page, with a quilt hanging over a split rail fence. Next, a young girl leading a cow watches as soldiers on horses; the Confederate flag signals the time period. The girl continues doing chores, feeding chickens when her mother appears with a basket. The reader sees her enter the root cellar. As she gathers vegetables, she hears a noise behind the corn and sees an eye peering out from behind the dried leaves. Her fear is palpable as she runs from the root cellar. Later at the dinner table, with her mother and grandparents, praying, her attention goes back to the root…

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