DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

John Henry (2009)

Jerry Pinkney worked closely with author Julius Lester on several important works inspired by cultural narratives, including John Henry, a childhood favorite that offered the opportunity to “create an African American hero that would inspire all.” The importance of leading a well-lived life is a theme that emanates from this African American folk ballad, illuminated through artworks that convey the superior strength and inner goodness of the story’s main character.

John Henry Was Up at Sunrise 2009
John Henry Was Up at Sunrise 2009
Illustration for John Henry by Julius Lester
Dial Books, New York, Caldecott Honor Book
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
I Believe This Mountain is Caving In 2009
I Believe This Mountain is Caving In 2009
Illustration for John Henry by Julius Lester
Dial Books, New York, Caldecott Honor Book
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
John Henry and the Steam Drill Went At It 2009
John Henry and the Steam Drill Went At It 2009
Illustration for John Henry by Julius Lester
Dial Books, New York, Caldecott Honor Book
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
A Mountain as Big as Hurt Feelings 2009
A Mountain as Big as Hurt Feelings 2009
Illustration for John Henry by Julius Lester
Dial Books, New York, Caldecott Honor Book
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
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