Friday, June 1, 2018
Fact Friday: Ain't Nothing but a Man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson
Ain't Nothing but a Man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson. 64 p. National Geographic Society, December, 2007. 9781426300011. (Own)
Do you know the legend of John Henry? He was a steel-driving man of mythic proportions who laid tracks that would connect the eastern United States with the west. He has been immortalized in song, in a Disney cartoon and Caldecott Honor-winning picture book. But was he real? Historian Nelson recounts the story of his research into finding out in this beautifully designed informational picture book. Not only is the story of John Henry fascinating, this is an excellent portrayal of the work of a historian.