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John Henry by Julius Lester

John Henry (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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Title:John Henry
Authors:Julius Lester
Other authors:Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Info:Dial (1994), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Folklore, Your library
Tags:African Americans, folktales, perseverance, living life to the fullest

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John Henry (Picture Puffins) by Julius Lester (1994)



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This book would be great to use as an interactive read aloud to fourth-graders. They would enjoy the figurative language and writing. It would also be good to teach them about character as John Henry is quite a character. It would be best read aloud because you could discuss the colorful figurative language use in this story.
  TimGordon | Mar 17, 2017 |
This book would be used as an interactive read aloud for grades 4 and 5 because it is a longer picture book and the material discussed, machines doing human work and a man dying from working too hard, may be too hard for younger students to understand. The students would like this book because there are many videos about John Henry that they could watch after reading this.
  brandi3325 | Mar 10, 2017 |
This book is about John Henry, a super-strong man who drills through mountains faster than machines. This book is a good example of a folktale because it deals with humanity and how death doesn't matter--what matters is what you do with your life while you're still alive.
  Khegge15 | Feb 12, 2017 |
This is a great book. I love all the illustrations and story line. ( )
  KJoPlante | Sep 21, 2016 |
Beautifully written and illustrated, this book brings the legend of John Henry alive.
  tbeard76 | Jul 1, 2016 |
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In memory of my father, James H., my John Henry. – J.P.
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This tale attempts to be faithful to the indomitable human spirit John Henry embodies.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140566228, Paperback)

John Henry is stronger than ten men, and can dig through a mountain faster than a steam drill. Julius Lester's folksy retelling of a popular African-American folk ballad has warmth, tall tale humor, and boundless energy. Jerry Pinkney illustrates the story with "rich colors borrowed from the rocks and the earth, so beautiful that they summon their own share of smiles and tears" (Booklist).

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Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

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