Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

John Henry, by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

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john henry lesterReacquaint or introduce yourself and family to an age-old African American legend by reading John Henry by Julius Lester.

Julius Lester retells the legend of John Henry, the 19th century superhero-esque man who from infancy “grew until his head and shoulders busted through the roof,” ran faster than any horse and had “the rainbow draped around him like love.”

Lester easily winds the tale of this giant who makes his mark in time by working hard, being cheerful, and exercising super strength. This book will leave you and your family giggling, rooting for Henry, and celebrating with him when he succeeds.

Jerry Pinkney’s enthralling illustrations carry the reader on a fast paced breathtaking ride. From a race with Ferret-Faced Freddy to a dynamite-lit mountain side, the reader is always engaged. Maybe John Henry really did build the Big Bend Tunnel on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Maybe he didn’t. But you can have fun reading this with friends and family and trying to figure it out.

Check the PPLC Catalog for John Henry.

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