A Natural Man by Steve Sanfield & Peter J. Thornton

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!


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