The true story of john henry steve sanfield, author, peter thornton, illustrator david r. John henry, an american legend is a 1965 childrens picture book by american author and. John henry grew up in a world that did not let children stay children for long. The festival starts on friday night with a concert at the stage near the great bend tunnel. John used the hammer to join with railroad workers who were told if they finished building the railroad line they would be rewarded with land of their. An american legend is a childrens picture book written and illustrated by ezra jack keats, which tells a story about john henry, who was born with a hammer in his hand and was inspired by the american folk hero of the same name. John henry, an american legend is a 1965 children s picture book by american author and illustrator ezra jack keats in this book, it shows that john henry, a hard working miner tries to beat the steam drill. An american legend 50th anniversary edition by ezra. John henry days is an annual 3 day festival held on the second weekend of july.
In john henry, a picture book, author julius lester and artist jerry. According to steven carl tracy, bradfords works were influential in broadly popularizing the john henry legend beyond railroad and mining communities and outside of african american oral histories. In the end john henry won the competition, but he also broke inside. Caldecott honors are awarded annually by the american library association in recognition of excellence in american childrens picture book illustration. When men started talking about laying railroad tracks across the prairies and deserts, and right through the mountains, john henry knew he and his hammer had to be a part of it. An american legend knopf children s paperbacks paperback may 12, 1987. In childrens books and schools around the country, john henry is a. Tracking down the man behind a railroad legend chicago. He is celebrated in novels, poems, cartoons, comics, paintings, sculptures, movies, etc. Nelsons john henry book to be incorporated into stage play. An american legend 50th anniversary edition by ezra jack keats. When men started talking about laying railroad tracks across the prairies and. Seizing on the story of american folk hero john henry, the black railroad worker who beat a steam drill in a oneonone contest and died in the act, whitehead juxtaposes it with the soulless saga.
Dramatic pictures with large bold figures express the feeling of this tall tale. In a 1933 article published in the journal of negro education, bradfords john henry was criticized for making over a folkhero into a clown. This book is a childrens version of steel drivin man. He obviously inspired the creation of steel, aka john henry irons, one of supermans comicbook successors. The boy picked up a small piece of steel and a workmans tool, a. John henry is the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than any. The boy picked up a small piece of steel and a workmans tool, a hammer. John henry picture book by julius lester thoughtco. The heroic figure of john henry is captured in a simple rhythmic picture book. Aint nothing but a man scott reynolds nelson childrens book. Steve haefele presents the life story of john henry, the african american railroad legend known as the steel driving man.925 62 1559 1418 1348 122 1504 287 134 641 696 552 822 251 1317 1227 1590 401 655 1031 530 614 658 1543 447 79 1088 644 503 1132 321 1478 547 1299 914 200 1486 451 135 1155 381 590 952