School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-The well-researched account describes the various roles this larger-than-life figure played in our history as pioneer, businessman, missionary, patriot, and friend to Native Americans. The book opens with the exciting account of the day Chapman ran 50 miles barefoot through central Ohio to warn settlers of an impending attack during the War of 1812. Readers gain a sense of pioneer life, staking claims, the westward movement, and Chapman's faith-the Swedenborgian Church. He became famous because he planted more apple trees than anyone else, and is also remembered for his odd way of dressing-a coffee sack, large billed hat, and no shoes. His story begins in Massachusetts and extends to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Black-and-white photographs of related places and reproductions of old prints add interest. As opposed to most books about Chapman, this one focuses on facts including historical background of the times and would be useful for reports.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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