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John Henry An American Legend (Paperback)

Author:  Ezra Jack Keats Editor:  Anne Schwartz
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0394890523
ISBN-13: 9780394890524
Sku: 30060260
Publish Date: 4/1/1987
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 8L x 0.25T
Pages:  32
Age Range:  7 to 11
Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand *Author: Keats, Ezra Jack *Series Title: Knopf Childrens Paperbacks *Subtitle: An American Legend *Publication Date: 1987/04/01 *Number of Pages: 30 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 2-3 *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 8.00 *Height: 9.75
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"That steel-driving man who was born--and died--with a hammer in his hand comes vividly to life in a picture book so colorful and dramatic that surely it is the best yet by Ezra Jack Keats, a Caldecott Medal winner. . . . Each double-page spread seems to radiate the vital force that led John Henry to challenge a steam drill to a rock-drilling contest--and win".--The Chicago Tribune.
The life story of one of the heroes of American folklore. Collage illustrations depict the many feats of John Henry including how he helped lay the track for the first railroads and how he was able to work better and faster than a steam drill.
Author Bio
Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats's style of illustration--colored cut-paper collages or blends of acrylic paint, is instantly recognizable. Keats's mother encouraged his artistic abilities but his father warned him not to become an artist as he would starve and "have a terrible life." Despite this warning, Keats did become an artist and won three scholarships to art schools. He served in the Air Force during World War II and began to find work as an illustrator. Keats illustrated many works of other artists before writing and illustrating a work of his own--that effort, THE SNOWY DAY won the Caldecott Medal in 1963. The lead character of that book, a young African-American boy named Peter, appeared in a number of other works by Keats including WHISTLE FOR WILLIE (1964) and DREAMS (1974).


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"The finest work this artist has done, both words and pictures catch the very essence of John Henry's fierce pride--a man to shame mere machines."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   03
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0032
Product attributePublisher:   Dragonfly Books
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