Cover image for John Henry : an American legend
Title:
John Henry : an American legend
Author:
Keats, Ezra Jack.
Personal Author:
Edition:
50th anniversary edition
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780553513073

9780553513080
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Caldecott Medalist Ezra Jack Keats's vibrant retelling of the popular African American folk ballad in this beautiful hardcover edition.

Have you heard the tale?

John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. He was taller and stronger than anyone around. 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. And drive those spikes he did! Then came the day when a challenge was announced: Who could dig a tunnel through a mountain faster--John Henry and his hammer? Or a steam drill?


Author Notes

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Collage art and folk literature combine seamlessly in this work by the Newbery Medalist. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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