A Natural Man: The True Story of John Henry
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 soft charcoal drawings deftly capture the triumphal spirit of this cautionary tale.
Illustrated by: Peter Thornton
Published by: August House Little Folk