John Henry

  • by Julius Lester
  • Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
  • 0 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on the famous African American folk ballad John Henry, this story tells of the legendary contest to the death between a spirited young man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.


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ALA Notable Recording


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My little ones love jacooooootci line and LOL

My 4 y/o twins love this story and both the audio and printed book versions. My older sons,now 21 and 19 abd in college enhoyed the book as well when they were toddlers. Thanks!
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- Paris Inman

More than just a steel drivin man

The story of John Henry is always been one of my favorites. But usually, it is only the last portion that we are familiar with. The contest between man and machine.

This recording by Samuel L Jackson brings the rest of John Henry's story to life. Highly recommended.
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- Tom Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2014
  • Publisher: Weston Woods