John Henry

Paperback | December 1, 1999

byJulius LesterIllustratorJerry Pinkney

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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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In this 1995 Caldecott Honour winner, a strong, young black man astounds onlookers as he boldly digs through layers of rock and mud while working on the railroad. More than just admirers of his physical strength, all of the men and women who witness his feat are mesmerized by his determination and spirit in John Henry, a tale based on ...

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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 ...

Writer, professor, and photographer Julius Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960. Lester's photographs from the civil rights movement era have been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution and are part of Howard University's permanent collection. In additi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11.31 × 9.41 × 0.12 inPublished:December 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140566228

ISBN - 13:9780140566222

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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In this 1995 Caldecott Honour winner, a strong, young black man astounds onlookers as he boldly digs through layers of rock and mud while working on the railroad. More than just admirers of his physical strength, all of the men and women who witness his feat are mesmerized by his determination and spirit in John Henry, a tale based on a real life African-American labourer. Julius Lester has won multiple awards for such literary works as To Be a Slave and Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History.