Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad (Hardcover)
Pencil drawings on charcoal paper depict the dramatic story of a girl who discovers a runaway slave on the family farm and helps him escape. A wordless book with an afterward by the artist. (8-11)
— From Historical Fiction
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
About the Author
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.