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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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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 |
This story is told in free verse with mixed media illustrations. Keats keeps it simple, focusing on the drama of the cave-in and the contest of man v. machine, and stunning us with the Henry's death at the end. This is a good tale to use to show how some tall tales contain more truth than others.
  scducharme | Feb 27, 2011 |
An amazing tail of a great American legend. ( )
  mjhartley | Nov 22, 2009 |
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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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