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A Natural Man: The True Story of John Henry
Ages 7-9
Illustrated by: Peter Thornton
ISBN: 9781939160850
Price: $9.95
Published by: August House Little Folk

A Natural Man: The True Story of John Henry

by Steve Sanfield
This timeless ballad has been part of American folklore for over a century. Born with a hammer in his hand, John Henry discovers his true calling as a steel-driving man but he inevitably meets his match in a race against a steam drill that provides a powerful metaphor for the disruption and loss of innocence created by the industrial age. Thornton”s charcoal drawings deftly capture the triumphal spirit of this cautionary tale.
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