I’ve read several versions about John Henry. This has to be one of my favorites. I don’t remember the music or the river boat scenes in previous versions. Great additions.
I love the artwork, it is what attracted me to the book to begin with. I am definitely a “judge a book by the cover” person! The artwork fits the feel of the book and adds so much more to the words.
This is a great example of a folktale. I can imagine the faces of the children as they read, listen to, the story and ask questions. I can see a lesson where they do not see the illustrations, to begin, and create their own drawings depicting what they see in the story.
I am recommending a Natural Man to friends with children as well as colleagues. I plan to share it with my students!!
5 star book!