Sean Sun Sun từ Kandasara, Odisha, Ấn Độ
This book was well written and holds children's attention. It is a good discussion starter for young children who are afraid that mom is not coming back at the end of the day!
The author attempts to track dwon the "real" John Henry, and presents some intriguing evidence of what the song "really" means. Along the way, you read about everything from the the technology of blasting railroad tunnels, Appalachian African American culture, and iconic image of John Henry used by Communists, comic book artists and folksingers. This book gives a good look into the lives of the working class who really made steam and railroads the catalysts for dramatic economic and social change in 1800s America.