Fall 2021

John Henry

From the Set Tall Tales

This tall tale tells the story of mighty John Henry, the Black steel-driving folk hero who raced against a steam drill with just a hammer--and won. Additional features to aid comprehension include background information and historical context of the tale, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.

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$28.50 $19.95
$45.64 $31.95
  • Beginning of Text
  • Beyond the Story
  • About the Author/Illustrator
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 398.2
Lexile 630L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503850057, 9781503851733
Copyright 2022, 2022
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

Famous American tall tales are retold for a new generation. The author uses conversational language to relay the story and follows it with an examination of the tale. Readers learn about historical facts that may have been the basis for the story as well as which aspects are made up. They also learn about different versions of the same story. The author expertly points out the exaggerated elements that make it a tall tale. Vibrant illustrations are scattered throughout the book and the pages are bordered with bold colors. The series is a treat to look at, but young readers might find the conversational language difficult to read. However, it does include excellent read-aloud stories, which is a fitting way to learn about oral tales. VERDICT Recommended for school libraries.

Author: Emily Dolbear

Illustrator: Kathleen Petelinsek