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John Henry, Hammerin' Hero: The Graphic Novel

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A digital solution for your classroom with features created with teachers and students in mind: - Perpetual license - 24 hour, 7 days a week access - No limit to the number of students accessing one title at a time - Provides a School to Home connection wherever internet is available - Easy to use - Ability to turn audio on and off - Words highlighted to match audio Born w A digital solution for your classroom with features created with teachers and students in mind: - Perpetual license - 24 hour, 7 days a week access - No limit to the number of students accessing one title at a time - Provides a School to Home connection wherever internet is available - Easy to use - Ability to turn audio on and off - Words highlighted to match audio Born with a hammer in his hand, John Henry was destined to become a steel-driving legend. As a young man, he makes his mark on the American railroads, whistling while he works. But one day, a shady salesman comes to the railroad camp, claiming that his hammering machine is superior to any railroad worker. John Henry steps up to challenge the man's machine, hoping to save the jobs of thousands of railroad workers. But will John Henry be able to prove that a machine can't do what a man can?


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A digital solution for your classroom with features created with teachers and students in mind: - Perpetual license - 24 hour, 7 days a week access - No limit to the number of students accessing one title at a time - Provides a School to Home connection wherever internet is available - Easy to use - Ability to turn audio on and off - Words highlighted to match audio Born w A digital solution for your classroom with features created with teachers and students in mind: - Perpetual license - 24 hour, 7 days a week access - No limit to the number of students accessing one title at a time - Provides a School to Home connection wherever internet is available - Easy to use - Ability to turn audio on and off - Words highlighted to match audio Born with a hammer in his hand, John Henry was destined to become a steel-driving legend. As a young man, he makes his mark on the American railroads, whistling while he works. But one day, a shady salesman comes to the railroad camp, claiming that his hammering machine is superior to any railroad worker. John Henry steps up to challenge the man's machine, hoping to save the jobs of thousands of railroad workers. But will John Henry be able to prove that a machine can't do what a man can?

30 review for John Henry, Hammerin' Hero: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    The boy really liked this one and wants to learn more about John Henry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Bunemann

    John Henry: Hammerin’ Hero The Graphic Novel Retold by Stephanie True Peters Genre: Folklore Grade: 3-6 John Henry is one of the first characters who comes to my head when I hear the word folklore. The book “John Henry: Hammerin’ Hero The Graphic Novel” is a powerful book that retells the bigger than life story of the folklore character John Henry. Right when John was born his parents could tell he was full of surprises. As a baby that was the size of a toddler with a hammer in his hand, his par John Henry: Hammerin’ Hero The Graphic Novel Retold by Stephanie True Peters Genre: Folklore Grade: 3-6 John Henry is one of the first characters who comes to my head when I hear the word folklore. The book “John Henry: Hammerin’ Hero The Graphic Novel” is a powerful book that retells the bigger than life story of the folklore character John Henry. Right when John was born his parents could tell he was full of surprises. As a baby that was the size of a toddler with a hammer in his hand, his parents knew he would do great things in his life. Once the North won the war and slaves were freed, John Henry went out to find himself a job. It seemed whatever job he had he worked as hard as possible which was at least twice the normal worker. He was always curious how things worked and was full of questions for his bosses. One day he discovered the railroad which caused an immediate itch to put a hammer in his hand. John Henry worked the hardest on the railroad until one day when his strength was put to the test and he wasn’t sure if he would win. This book would be great in a classroom for grades 3rd-6th. It can be used in a variety of ways depending on the students’ age or grade level. This is a good book to introduce graphic novels and how they are written. In the back of the book there is information which discusses if John Henry is a man or a myth. It brings up the history of the railroad which this book could be a wonderful hook to grab the students attention and curiosities. For the older grades like 5th or 6th, there are two sections in the back of the book, Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts. The questions and prompts make students reflect on the book and also on their lives by how they can relate to the book. This is a Wow book for me because of the way it gathered and kept my attention through the illustrations, story and extras. The illustrations in the book make it so appealing and eye catching. They truly tell the story of John Henry so it does not have to be imagined in your head. I love that this book has a glossary, an article about John Henry the man or myth, discussion questions and writing prompts. This book was made to be used as an education text with lesson extensions included.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Beautifully illustrated book about the legend of John Henry. I'm definitely planning to add this to my student library. Beautifully illustrated book about the legend of John Henry. I'm definitely planning to add this to my student library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Not as good as the Pecos Bill volume, but still pretty good. Nelson Evergreen's art was a treat. Stephanie Peters needs to get a better handle on geography. She has John Henry born and raised a slave in the south, then going north to reach a mighty river with steamboats. The river isn't named, but it seems to be either the Ohio or the Tennessee. With me so far? Then, he travels WEST to build railroads, where he meets his end driving steel to cut a tunnel which, as it happens, was in Virginia. Un Not as good as the Pecos Bill volume, but still pretty good. Nelson Evergreen's art was a treat. Stephanie Peters needs to get a better handle on geography. She has John Henry born and raised a slave in the south, then going north to reach a mighty river with steamboats. The river isn't named, but it seems to be either the Ohio or the Tennessee. With me so far? Then, he travels WEST to build railroads, where he meets his end driving steel to cut a tunnel which, as it happens, was in Virginia. Unless his westward travel took him all the way around the globe, that puts his original home somewhere on a slave plantation in the middle of the Atlantic...or the author got it backwards, or she didn't know that the John Henry story is very famous for taking place in Virginia. Luckily she didn't write the Pecos Bill volume of the series, or he might have been a cowboy in Maine... Other than losing her sense of direction, Stephanie Peters did a good job with the story, covering the highlights of the legend pretty well. Her riverboat digression was a mistake, though, in such a short book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aftab Jivani

    I read this book because my teacher had assigned the class. She had told us to read a graphic novel. A graphic novel is basically a photo story or a better type of comic book. It also is true at times and myths at times. I really liked this book because it was very good. John Henry is one of my favorite myths. The part i like the most is the challenge he takes with the machine to beat it. I think my dad should read this book. It sorta kinda reminds me of my dad as John Henry because hes real buff. I read this book because my teacher had assigned the class. She had told us to read a graphic novel. A graphic novel is basically a photo story or a better type of comic book. It also is true at times and myths at times. I really liked this book because it was very good. John Henry is one of my favorite myths. The part i like the most is the challenge he takes with the machine to beat it. I think my dad should read this book. It sorta kinda reminds me of my dad as John Henry because hes real buff. I think he would like this book too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This graphic novel is a straightforward retelling of John Henry's legend for young readers, but I picked it up for the art. Different styles appeal to different readers, and this one speaks to me. I absolutely love these pictures and am glad to have spent time dwelling in them. This graphic novel is a straightforward retelling of John Henry's legend for young readers, but I picked it up for the art. Different styles appeal to different readers, and this one speaks to me. I absolutely love these pictures and am glad to have spent time dwelling in them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bekah

    Continuing my journey down nostalgia avenue, we have John Henry. His story isn't as wild and ridiculous as some others, but he is still pretty damn impressive as it goes. Again, this includes discussion questions and prompts for classrooms. Continuing my journey down nostalgia avenue, we have John Henry. His story isn't as wild and ridiculous as some others, but he is still pretty damn impressive as it goes. Again, this includes discussion questions and prompts for classrooms.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bubba

    Not as good as Johnny Cash's version of the story, but decent. Not as good as Johnny Cash's version of the story, but decent.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cass

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Spaulding

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Brown

  16. 4 out of 5

    C S

  17. 5 out of 5

    Syazwanie Winston Abdullah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Enrique Pagan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcellus galloway

  21. 4 out of 5

    Doctor

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonas

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maris

  24. 4 out of 5

    jean carroll

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leila T.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Braden Sheldon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma

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