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John Henry: An American Legend by Ezra Jack…

John Henry: An American Legend

by Ezra Jack Keats

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My favorite childhood story and award-winning Ezra Jack Keats? This is literary heaven. Keats brings a fresh look onto a classic with stunning illustrations bringing John Henry's entire life to life right before our eyes. Usually I'd steer clear of books where a main character dies, but the way Keats wrote this made the book's purpose so much more than that. It became less about his life ending and more about living a life full of purpose. "If you listen to the locomotives roaring through the tunnels and across the land, you'll hear them singing-singing of that great steel-driving man-John Henry." ( )
  eshiel3 | Oct 23, 2016 |
A telling of the John Henry tale. Once again we follow his obsession with hammers as it leads him to the city and finally to a railroad tunnel where he wins a race against a machine and dies.

Ages: 5-8
Source: Tacoma Public Library
  teapotic | Jun 9, 2016 |
This is the folktale about John Henry, who was stronger than a steam engine. He dug his way through the mountain with his hammer and did so faster than the machine. It teaches not to give up and be strong throughout the toughest of tasks. ( )
  ghimbert | Apr 27, 2013 |
The legend of John Henry is one that has been published in print many times, but Ezra Jack Keats' beautiful illustrations, which accompany the tale, tell the story in a more vibrant, heartfelt light than ever before. John Henry, who according to legend worked as fast as ten men, challenged a steam engine that threatened to take the jobs of the other manual workers. His perseverance and triumph over the machine is a tale of bravery and an unwillingess to give up. Keats' rendition of the tale, complete with his illustrations, could be a great addition to tall tales and legend stories in a classroom. ( )
  KylieBrigham | Oct 1, 2012 |
John Henry gave up his life to save the men trapped in the cave.
  MGraysonk12 | Mar 20, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394890523, Paperback)

Illus. in full color. The Caldecott Medalist's powerful classic is now reissued in a handsome paperback edition, as well as a library edition.

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Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand.

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