EBOOK John Henry


John Henry

John Henry review Í 103 With his two sledgehammers pulverizing boulders John Henry races a steam drill tunneling through a mountain It's a deadly. With regard to Julius Lester s 1994 John Henry it is in particular illustrator Jerry Pinkney s 1995 Caldecott Honour winning accompanying illustrations which I have always found and ever since first reading the book as a library copy a couple of years ago very much personally and visually impressive expressive For although Pinkney s pictorial renderings are at times perhaps almost a trifle too overly busy for my eyes and attention span and sometimes do seem to obtain even some modern anachronisms their minute details are indeed both lushly rendered and also very much and successfully mirror Julius Lester s printed words his retelling of the John Henry Tall Tale tradition a richly nuanced narrative chock full of delightfully evocative metaphors similes literary allusions and as such Julius Lester s text is most definitely very much as verbally dense and as full as Jerry Pinkney s pictorial renderings and vice versa a truly and in many ways lovely and stunning marriage of text and images However as much as I have appreciated Julius Lester s retelling and as much as I have indeed even much loved his included author s note on American Tall Tales as well as of course the presented information on the genesis of the John Henry tradition in particular I also cannot say that I have found Lester s John Henry all that much to my personal and folkloric liking to my tastes For I just do not and cannot see Julius Lester s John Henry as being all that much of a potentially positive role model as the sense of him actually doing something worthwhile and for the good of everyone is kind of majorly missing and lost at least in that last and ultimately fatal to and for him contest For sorry but John Henry s last bet it sure seems to and for me to be just a wager for a its own sake man against machine and basically a rather majorly and sadly silly reason to kill oneself for in my opinion and something that in other renditions of John Henry is actually not ever as prominently featured as being simply a contest for the sake of winning as while there is still that battle between man and machine with John Henry winning but at the cost of his life unlike in Julius Lester s John Henry with other versions of the tale I have read there is also a distinct reason shown as to why John Henry would even decide on the contest namely because the machine against which he decides to measure himself will be putting a lot of his railroading friends and acuaintances permanently out of work but with Julius Lester that particular and in my opinion very much important aspect of John Henry s desire to enter into said and his last contest never really comes through all that well all that much and you are left or at least I am left with a rather uncomfortable feeling that John Henry basically just sacrifices himself for nothing than a supremely silly wager and contest against a machine that he really ends up dying in vain

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John Henry review Í 103 Nature yet as familiar as an older brother Pinkney's stunning art shows John Henry's energy bursting from nature Full col. The United States has some wonderful folk heroes who are fading from memory Julius Lester revives the story of African American John Henry with an updated retellingJohn Henry is a mythical American perhaps loosely based on a real person children should learn about so I m pleased to see a few of his stories being retold in this volume his birth and prodigious growth building a road and hammering through a mountain I was less enthused with the odd insertion of modern touches a swimming pool and Jacuzzi added to the house into a story dating to the late 1800s Still it s an enjoyable read with fun metaphors and similes interesting stories a likable character and attractive artwork Note John Henry is an admirable hero and children may be distressed when he dies Use your judgment with sensitive children However the book handles it well and it could be a teaching moment with meaningful discussion with the right children

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John Henry review Í 103 Contest of man vs machine written with such power that this African American folk hero becomes as awesome as a force of. Author Julius Lester and illustrator Jerry Pinkney join forces in this lovely picture book retelling of the tall tale of John Henry the legendary African American steel driver whose contest with a steam powered drilling machine has been immortalized in American folk music Extraordinary from the moment he was born John Henry amazed the woodland animals his parents and the sun and moon themselves Eventually setting out to make his way in the world he performed marvelous feats before eventually coming to the mountain in West Virginia where the railroad needed to get through It was here he triumphed in his race with the machine only to die in the endI have always thought of the story of legendary hero John Henry as being a meditation on humanity and the human spirit on our strength and weakness our ability to perform extraordinary deeds and ultimately our mortality Set in a time of increasing mechanization the story both upholds the idea of the human being as superior to the machine and undermines it by highlighting that our great deeds must come at a price and cannot be sustained forever Lester s poetic and poignant retelling in this picture book captures that feeling for me while Pinkney s gorgeous watercolor illustrations ably bring out the beauty and power of the central figure s story The artwork here was definitely worthy of the Caldecott Honor it received I ve long been aware of this retelling and am glad to have finally picked it up and read it I will have to seek out the one from Ezra Jack Keats and see how it compares Recommended to all young tall tale lovers as well as to fellow Pinkney fans

  • Paperback
  • 40
  • John Henry
  • Julius Lester
  • English
  • 09 May 2020
  • 9780140566222

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    EBOOK John Henry Julius Lester Í 3 summary This is the story of John Henry; I’m sure most people know this one Julius and Jerry got together to make this their version of the famous folktale I like the tone of the book it’s bright and happy and larger than life I even lik

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    read & download John Henry Julius Lester Í 3 summary EBOOK John Henry I love this story I listened to the audio version Samuel l Jackson narrated it it was fabulous from now on when I have a difficult ta

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    EBOOK John Henry With regard to Julius Lester's 1994 John Henry it is in particular illustrator Jerry Pinkney's 1995 Caldecott Honour winning accompanying illustrations which I have always found and ever since first reading the book as a library copy a couple of years ago very much personally and visually impressive expressive

  4. says: Julius Lester Í 3 summary EBOOK John Henry

    read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Julius Lester Julius Lester Í 3 summary read & download John Henry Author Julius Lester and illustrator Jerry Pinkney join forces in this lovely picture book retelling of the tall tale of John Henry the legendary African American steel driver whose contest with a steam powered drilling machine has been immortalized in American folk music Extraordinary from the moment he was born John Henry amazed the woodland animals his parents and the sun and moon themselves Eventually setti

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    EBOOK John Henry This is a very nice version of the John Henry story I don't remember ever hearing about Ferret Faced Freddy and the bet that John Henry made with him which then turned him into Frederick the Friendly This also tel

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    read & download John Henry EBOOK John Henry What a wonderful book Enjoyed by all my children young and older a tall tale about John Henry We learned about Tall Tales in Traditional Literature and in the story of John Henry in History class so this was a great addition to those lessons My kids loved it The pictures were big and detailed and of course the preschoolers loved the trains A little on the long side at least a level 4 reading level But the writing Oh the writing J

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    EBOOK John Henry read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Julius Lester read & download John Henry An interesting introduction to the legend of John Henry although for whatever reason I had the song Big John stuck in my head befor

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    EBOOK John Henry The United States has some wonderful folk heroes who are fading from memory Julius Lester revives the story of African American John

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    EBOOK John Henry i looooooooove the detail in this story i dont want to spoil it but its just great

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    EBOOK John Henry this book is good but it isn't my favorite

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