John Henry

John Henry

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Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney's warm, humorous retelling of a popular African-American folk ballad.

When John Henry was born the birds, bears, rabbits, and even a unicorn came to see him. He grew so fast, he burst right through the porch roof, and laughed so loud, he scared the sun! Soon John Henry is swinging two huge sledgehammers to build roads, pulverizing boulders, and smashing rocks to smithereens. He's stronger than ten men and can dig through a mountain faster than a steam drill. Nothing can stop John Henry, and his courage stays with us forever.

A Caldecott Honor Book

* "This is a tall tale and heroic myth, a celebration of the human spirit . . . The story is told with rhythm and wit, humor and exageration, and with a heart-catching immediacy that connects the human and the natural world. " -- Booklist , starred review

"Another winning collaboration from the master storyteller and gifted artist of Tales of Uncle Remus fame." -- School Library Journal

"A great American hero comes fully to life in this epic retelling filled with glorious, detailed watercolors . . . This carefully crafted updating begs to be read aloud for its rich, rhythmic storytelling flow, and the suitably oversize illustrations amplify the text." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York Dial Books 1994
ISBN: 9780140566222
0140566228
9780803716063
0803716060

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BookEMonster
Jan 31, 2018

Before Dolemite, before Staga' Lee, the OG superstar of rhymes/snaps/toasts/dozens, the AMAZING John Henry! This is great telling of the tale with beautiful illustrations!

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BSKing
Apr 14, 2013

John Henry is a tale that has been told for many of years. Julius Lester decided to turn this tale into a picture book. I would recommend this picture book to both teachers and parents. This book is a suitable way to introduce slavery into a way for young children to understand it. It also has an underlying moral that hard work pays off and it begins while you are young. There are not too many words and the words are not too large. The words are meant to enhance the child's mind and to help them think. I would also recommend this book because the illustrations are phenomenal. These illustrations tell as much of the story as the words do, they are absolutely remarkable. The words and the illustrations tie in with each other.

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BSKing
Apr 14, 2013

BSKing thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 9

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BSKing
Apr 14, 2013

No one knows if John Henry was a real person but the image of him shows he had great work ethics.This is a picture book about a slave that was born to work. He work so hard the sun wasn't even up and well rested in order to shine for him.

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BSKing
Apr 14, 2013

"Get up from there! I got things to do and I need light to do 'em by."

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