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John Henry: An American Legend (Knopf…

John Henry: An American Legend (Knopf Children's Paperbacks) (edition 1987)

by Ezra Jack Keats (Author)

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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.
Title:John Henry: An American Legend (Knopf Children's Paperbacks)
Authors:Ezra Jack Keats (Author)
Info:Dragonfly Books (1987), 32 pages
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
The tale of one of the strongest men that beat the steam drill using a hammer. John Henry was taller and stronger than most people and was really good with a hammer. Ezra Jack Keats did an awesome job with the illustrations. The pictures helped to tell the story. ( )
  Lakieshal | Mar 12, 2020 |
John Henry was a man that was born with a hammer in his hand. He grew up working with his dad and his hammer. He was taller, stronger and more hard working than anybody else. He laid down railroad tracks and one day he was challenged by a steam drill. He beat the drill but died saving his colleagues. An amazing book that kids should read. I remember reading this in school when i was a kid. ( )
  JPham4 | Dec 10, 2019 |
The illustrations were really cool. They actually looked like pictures, but they were paintings. They are very detailed in the background. They make the reader focus on the background, because they don’t show the faces of any characters unless they were up close. The faces that are shown of the characters really show their emotions. The language in the book was very lively because the story includes a lot of detail about what is going on. However, it is not a lot of dialogue. The book is telling a story, so there wouldn’t be a lot of conversation going on. The illustrations really complement the story the author is telling. It is hard to tell if the story keeps with the oral traditions, because there are so many versions that tell the story of John Henry. ( )
  cnemetz | Oct 20, 2018 |
John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. He was taller and stronger than anyone around. When men started talking about laying railroad tracks across the prairies and deserts, and right through the mountains, John Henry knew he and his hammer had to be a part of it. And drive those spikes he did! Then came the day when a challenge was announced: Who could dig a tunnel through a mountain faster—John Henry and his hammer? Or a steam drill?
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 24, 2018 |
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