Our latest family read-aloud was Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. In the last year or so, it has been my intention to provide resources around our home that present the history of black slavery and the realities of racism. This engaging story, set in the real-life “free town” of Buxton, Ontario in 1860, helps to highlight the contrast between freedom and slavery. Elijah, the eleven-year-old free-born son of escaped slaves, has the opportunity to see the heartache of slavery through the lives of his neighbors, their families, and a harrowing adventure across the Michigan border. This boy, considered too “fra-gile” to be of much good to most of the townfolk proves himself a hero in the end. I think this book was helpful in providing an understanding of some of the disturbing realities of slavery. It prompted many questions among my children (as well as games of slave-holders vs. abolitionists and new catch phrases like “That don’t make no sense…that don’t make no sense atall!”). I hope that we might, someday, be able to visit present-day Buxton, which remains a predominantly black community composed largely of descendants of original settlers who had traveled the Underground Railroad. The town also boasts a well-respected nationalhistoric site and museum. I would definitely recommend Elijah of Buxton as a read-aloud for any family that is wanting to learn more about the course of black slavery and freedom in North America.