Disney has a great video ... or should I say DVD. Heroes & Legends. It takes some great folk heroes & tells their story in animation. There is Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and John Henry.
I remember these from when I was a kid ... a few years ago. My parents recently bought the DVD for my girls to watch. They love it. They are particularly fond of the story of John Henry. A story of a freed slave who helped build the railroad with his mighty strength. In the end, he dies of exhaustion.
The girls love singing the song & took our croquet mallets and pretended they were sledge hammers, like the one John Henry used. Fearing they would break our mallets, I had them ask Grandpa to build them hammers. Of course, he did.
The girls love "playing" John Henry and can actually break up rocks with the hammer. All the time singing the John Henry song.
I wonder if I can include "knows how to swing a sledge hammer" on their list of skills for their modeling resume. hummm ....