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Henry refuses to pay taxes while the state allows slavery in this addition to the New York Times best-selling picture book series. A reflection on civil disobedience and how it can inspire freedom for all, based on the life of Henry David Thoreau.
"The simple, direct telling is very satisfying, and the stylized illustrations, in colored pencils and paint, look fresh and inviting." —Booklist, starred review
How can you have an adventure when you aren't free to roam?
Henry the bear, modeled on the real Henry David Thoreau, wants to climb a mountain, but the tax collector puts him in jail. Henry refuses to pay to a state that allows slavery. But being locked up doesn’t stop Henry: he imagines splashing in rivers, swinging from trees, and meeting a stranger who is an escaped slave pursuing freedom.
A little civil disobedience can go a long way toward inspiring freedom for all.
About the Author
D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson’s first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists.” Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson lives in New Hampshire.