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John Henry (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

By Julius Lester (Author) & Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
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Item description for John Henry (Picture Puffins) by Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney...

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain

Publishers Description
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).

Citations And Professional Reviews
John Henry (Picture Puffins) by Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 182
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 111
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 135

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 9.4" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Puffin
Age  4-8
ISBN  0140566228  
ISBN13  9780140566222  
UPC  051488006992  

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More About Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Julius Lester is an American writer and an academic who taught for over three decades at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also a photographer, as well as a musician who recorded two albums of folk music and original songs. His very first book was an instructional music book co-authored with Pete Seeger. His children's book, To Be a Slave, was recognized for a Newbery Honor and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. He received a Caldecott Honor, among others, for the bookJohn Henry.
A native of Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY."

Julius Lester currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts.

Julius Lester has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books
  2. Puffin Modern Classics
  3. Tales of Uncle Remus

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( L ) > Lester, Julius
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( P ) > Pinkney, Jerry
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > United States > African American
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

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Reviews - What do customers think about John Henry (Picture Puffins)?

John Henry  Apr 15, 2008
When you look at the cover of this book it looks so serious. The illustrations are so beautiful it's a shock really to read the text and find it so funny. Of course on closer examination the pictures are reflective of the tall tale. This is a great book for the 7-8 year-old crowd.

This book was an ALA Notable Book in 1994, and a Caldecott Honor book in 1995.
jacuzzis and rainbows?  Feb 12, 2008
The John Henry I remember from my childhood was strong, honorable and could outwork any 20 other men. He would not have "added a wing onto the house (his parent's house)with an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi". The text flowed somewhat awkwardly in spots - I assume there's some John Henry song that I haven't heard that perhaps would make it more lyrical. I feel that adding details that do not fit in historical context detract from the story itself. Adding random rainbows also did nothing to add to the story, for my part. Strangely sappy and a poor tribute to the original legend. Good illustrations.
Not the John Henry your father read....  Feb 10, 2008
This version of John Henry is a slightly different version, at least from the one I grew up with, but a good version none the less. My 3 1/2 yr old son loves it and asks for it almost every night. The illustrations are good maybe a little dark, but very well done. I reccomend for fathers to read to sons or daughters and pass on to a new generation.
Beautiful illustrations AND language  Jul 6, 2007
This author/illustrator pair have teamed up for a great work. I am a teacher and have read this book with kids in k-8th grade for a variety of purposes. Wonderful illustrations is an understatement. The story itself is great even if different than the tale you may have heard before, and the language is so great. Fabulous book for teaching about many things-from tall tales to metaphors to thinking strategies. My kids at home loved this book too.
A man ain't nothing but a man  Sep 20, 2006
The story of John Henry fleshed out and made magical at the same time. The paintings are evocative watercolors, beautifully done. The language is an interesting mixture of puns and idioms. The story of John Henry is so compelling to my little boy that he resists reading the part where John dies because he just can't stand it. We have to skip over to the page where it explains that you can still hear the hammers ringing out if you listen in the night out front of the White House. He likes that. Odd and mystical. Recommended.

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