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Denzel Washington reads this 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. A musical score by B.B. King adds a strong blues beat to the excitement. Ages four and up. Part of the award-winning Rabbit Ears series, American Heroes and Legends.

Rabbit Ears stories open a door to the world of great literature. These are timeless and beloved stories that have delighted generations, and continue to offer powerful lessons for today's audiences. Listeners of all ages will explore faraway lands and cultures through folktales. You will walk alongside heroes of long ago legends. And discover master storytellers such as Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Andersen, and Rudyard Kipling. Great stories. Great family memories. Get the entire Rabbit Ears library!

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 2018-08-26

Wonderful Narration, Wonderful Music

These productions by Rabbit Ears are worth the money. B B King is wonderful singing and playing in the background and Denzel Washington is the perfect match for these tall tells. Perfect for bed time stories or introducing kids to great stories that get the imagination spring.