John Henry

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ABDO, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 34 pages
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This is a larger-than-life tale about the African American hero who was born with a hammer in his hand. Join John Henry on a scenic journey from cotton country to the wilderness, where he finds men of all colors working together to build a great railroad. In no time, John Henry becomes king of the railroad camps by driving more steel than any man alive. And, in an exciting contest that pits man against machine, he single-handedly out-performs a new-fangled steam drill. This rousing tale delivers an inspirational message about pride and perseverance.

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A legend lives on in this polished debut by Kessler and Jackson. John Henry moves from folk figure into mythical heights; pounding steel and singing his tunes, he's an inspiration to every worker, a ... Read full review

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I think that Jhon Henry is cool because I watched a video of him and it was a lot of work to bang down all of those pieces of nails for rail roads and he did all of that because it was for his country.He is brave and strong and he also is himself,that's why I think Jhon Henry is a awesome person! 

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Brad Kessler's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Doubletake, The Nation, & The Village Voice. A former editor at Interview magazine, he is the author of several award-winning children's books, including "The Firebird", "Brer Rabbit & Boss Lion", & "John Henry". He lives in Vermont & New York City.

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