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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  

Availability  76 units.
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More About Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Julius Lesterhas published many books of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and poetry. Among the awards these books have received are the Newbery Honor Medal, American Library Association Notable Book, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, The New York Times Outstanding Book, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Caldecott Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a National Book Award Finalist. His books have been translated into eight languages."

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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