Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “John Henry” as Want to Read:
Join John Henry, an African American hero born with a hammer in this hand, on a scenic journey from cotton country to the wilderness. There he finds men of all color working together to build a great railroad. John Henry quickly becomes king of the railroad camps by driving more steel than any man alive, and in an exciting contest even out-performs a steam drill.
Published May 27th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio)
(first published September 1st 1995)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Mar 24, 2009 Ronyell rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Rabbit Ears Productions
“John Henry” is a Grammy- nominated video by the folks from the famous Rabbit Ears Productions. In this tale, America’s greatest tall tale hero, John Henry, faces his biggest challenge against the steam drill, which will decide the fate of all the hard working people in the future. Denzel Washington’s energetic narration, along with B.B. King’s soulful and jazzy music and Barry Jackson’s exuberant illustrations, all combine to make “John Henry” an instant treat for children young and old.
Brad Kessler’s novel Birds in Fall won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His other books include Goat Song, Lick Creek, and The Woodcutter’s Christmas. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, and BOMB, as well as other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the Rome Prize from the American Acad ...moreMore about Brad Kessler...