John Henry.

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Told by Denzel Washington With Music by B.B. King
  • Grammy Award Nomination – Best Spoken Word Album for Children
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Awards (Audio & Video)
  • Parenting Magazine Best Videos of the Year

This is a larger-than-life tale about the African-American hero who was born with a hammer in his hand. Join John Henry on a scenic journey from cotton country to the wilderness, where he finds men of all colors working together to build a great railroad. In no time, John Henry becomes king of the railroad camps by driving more steel than any man alive. And, in an exciting contest that pits man against machine, he single-handedly out-performs a new-fangled steam drill. This rousing tale delivers an inspirational message about pride and perseverance. Beautifully illustrated by Barry Jackson.


Ages 4 and up

Running Time: 23 min.

What People Are Saying:

"Winner of Parents Magazine Parents Prize, CINE Golden Eagle Award, and Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Award "

"B.B. King’s strong blues beat provides the perfect complement to this story of determination…The mood throughout is one of joy and optimism. " – School Library Journal

"The scripts are great and you can't beat the casting. " – The New York Times

Product Information:

Media TypeVideo
Number of Programs1


Program Title Duration
John Henry 23:11
Total Time 23:11

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