Unspoken by Henry Cole
A Story From the Underground Railroad

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Synopsis

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.
 

About Henry Cole

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HENRY COLE was born on a dairy farm near Purcellville, Virginia, and was an adored elementary-school science teacher for 16 years. He has since illustrated over 80 popular picture books, including the multimillion-selling Moose series and other bestsellers. Mr. Cole has always loved art and science, which has made him a keen observer of details in nature. He now lives in both Florida and Virginia.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a ruminative afterword, Cole reflects on his Virginia family’s own connections to the war and, though silent about the signal quilt he hangs on the farmyard’s fence in the illustrations, explains the significance of the Big Dipper visible in the nighttime sky.

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Beginning with an illustration of a star-patterned quilt hanging over a fence (such quilts, Cole writes in his author’s note, signified a “safe house” for runaway slaves), the wordless story follows a girl who becomes aware of someone hiding in the barn.

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Sub-titled A Story from the Underground Railroad, this is a wordless book about a Civil War-era girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding among the cornstalks in a storehouse on her family's farm.

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The Horn Book

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.

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