Item description for John Henry (Picture Puffins) by Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney...
Overview 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.3" Width: 9.4" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1999
ISBN 0140566228 ISBN13 9780140566222 UPC 051488006992
Availability 40 units. Availability accurate as of May 30, 2017 09:32.
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More About Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney
Julius Lester turned to writing after spending time as a photographer, musician, and political activist in the 1960s. His more than forty books for adults and children have garnered many awards, including ALA Notable citations and a Coretta Scott King Honor. To Be a Slave was a Newbery Honor Book, and John Henry received a Boston Globe-Horn Book award and a Caldecott Honor.
Julius Lester currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts.
Julius Lester has published or released items in the following series...
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.