John Henry

John Henry

by Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Trade Paperback, 40 pages
List Price: $8.99 Sale Price: $7.64

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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Summary: John Henry, mightiest of the railroad men, races a steam drill in one side of the mountain and out the other.

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