Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jerry Pinkney Book: John Henry

Citation: Lester, J. & Pinkney, J. (1994). John Henry. New York: Dial.

1. What did you like or dislike about the book?
I liked the book because of the beautiful illustrations by Pinkney; I have also always liked epics and tall tales; children love reading them as well.

2. What in your life may have influenced your reaction or response to this book?
Nothing in my life has really influenced my reaction to the book; it was just a good read.

3. How would you compare this book to another book or books, or book or books by same author?
This book is similar to Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyun, Mike Fink, and other tall tales. Other books by this illustrator include the following:

Roll of Thunder
Hear My Cry
The Ugly Duckling
Song of the Trees
Little Red Riding Hood
The Talking Eggs
Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brier Rabbit
Goin' Someplace Special
The Moon Over Star
The Patchwork Quilt
The Little Match Girl
The Little Red Hen
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir
Aesop's Fables
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Pretend You're a Cat
Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of 'Little Black Sambo'
Noah's Ark
The Jungle Book
The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

There are many more.

4. What new thing (information or insight) did you learn about children's literature in reading this book?
This book did not really offer any insight; it would be a good book to read when studying tall tales.

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