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John Henry
By Jerry Pinkney (illustrator) and Julius Lester
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Puffin
Publication date December 1, 1999
Binding Paperback
Book category Juvenile Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140566222
ISBN-10 0140566228
Dimensions 0.25 by 9.75 by 12 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $7.99
Other format details juvenile
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A Caldecott Honor Book provides the retelling of the African-American tale about a man with great strength and outstanding skills in the art of mountain digging. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint. AB. H.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney's warm, humorous retelling of a popular African-American folk ballad.

When John Henry was born the birds, bears, rabbits, and even a unicorn came to see him. He grew so fast, he burst right through the porch roof, and laughed so loud, he scared the sun! Soon John Henry is swinging two huge sledgehammers to build roads, pulverizing boulders, and smashing rocks to smithereens. He's stronger than ten men and can dig through a mountain faster than a steam drill. Nothing can stop John Henry, and his courage stays with us forever.

A Caldecott Honor Book

* "This is a tall tale and heroic myth, a celebration of the human spirit . . . The story is told with rhythm and wit, humor and exageration, and with a heart-catching immediacy that connects the human and the natural world. " --Booklist, starred review

"Another winning collaboration from the master storyteller and gifted artist of Tales of Uncle Remus fame." --School Library Journal

"A great American hero comes fully to life in this epic retelling filled with glorious, detailed watercolors . . .  This carefully crafted updating begs to be read aloud for its rich, rhythmic storytelling flow, and the suitably oversize illustrations amplify the text." --Publishers Weekly

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Paperback
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from Puffin (December 1, 1999)
9780140566222 | details & prices | 9.75 × 12.00 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.45 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
School and Library
Book cover for 9780803716063
 
from Dial Books for Young Readers (October 1, 1994)
9780803716063 | details & prices | 10.00 × 12.00 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 1.05 lbs | List price $18.99
About: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
Library
Book cover for 9780803716070
 
from Dial Books for Young Readers (September 1, 1994)
9780803716070 | details & prices | 10.00 × 12.00 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 1.20 lbs | List price $16.89
About: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606174183
 
from Demco Media (September 1, 1999)
9780606174183 | details & prices | 9.25 × 12.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.95
This edition also contains John Henry
About: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781442007147
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781442007147 | details & prices | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | List price $16.99
This edition also contains John Henry

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