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A Natural Man by Steve Sanfield
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Oct 21, 11

it was amazing
Read from September 29 to October 08, 2011

The book "A Natural Man, The True Story of John Henry," was a very good read.It is a biography about a man that grew up on the railroads and was known for his race against a steam drill. Everyone that knew him always ask him,"how are you so strong and fast?" He always responded, " I'm a natural man." Because of his abnormal growth rate, size, and strength,he was able to complete any job or task that would usually require two or more men, all by himself. Not only could he complete the task, but he could do it in record time!

At a very young age,John was not only aware and confident of his abilities, but he also was fully aware of his destiny. At the age of two he said to his mother,"Big Bend Tunnel on the C.and O.' road" gonna be the death of me." One day he challenged an owner and seller of steam drill machines to a race against his nemesis. John did this because he wanted to prove that men could do the job just as well as the machine.

He did not want the steam drill machines to replace the men. If the machine won, than it could result in the men on the railroad losing their jobs. This would result in them not having work to provide for thier families. Unfortunately, as history states,John Henry won the race, but lost his life.

I recommend this book to any that want to teach children of all ages (nursery, primary, intermediate, or advance) about being passionate and faithful to a purpose or a cause. Although,the artistic quality of this book could not be compared to that of "NO, David!" or other very brilliantly colored, picture books, it does have illustrations that speaks volumes about what is taken place and connects well with the dialog. It was heart-touching but also an inspiring good read!

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