Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

by Eric Blair, Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, Dan Coughlan
     
 

Relates episodes from the life of Johnny Appleseed, a peaceful man who roamed the West for fifty years planting and tending to the trees that bore his favorite fruit, the apple.  See more details below

Overview

Relates episodes from the life of Johnny Appleseed, a peaceful man who roamed the West for fifty years planting and tending to the trees that bore his favorite fruit, the apple.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Each of these titles is part of a series of tall tales designed to generate enthusiasm for reading in newly independent readers. The problem with the books is that the subjects actually lived and had an impact on American history. Facts about their lives are documented in many resources, and Blair never distinguishes fact from fiction. He presents these figures as caricatures, never really commenting on their accomplishments. He confuses Daniel Boone with Davy Crockett, known for telling wild stories about wrestling with a grizzly bear, and doesn't mention the significance of the Wilderness Road that went through the Cumberland Gap. Johnny Appleseed didn't travel throughout the West, just the Ohio River Valley. And Annie Oakley likely didn't buy ice-cream cones for all the kids in Texas. The illustrations, digitally rendered in Appleseed and in acrylics in Oakley and Boone, add to the books' cartoonlike flavor. Stephen Krensky's Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig (S & S, 2002) is a fine example of a biography for newly independent readers. It focuses on one event, generating interest in reading more about Lincoln's life. While well-written and competently illustrated curriculum-based materials are always welcome, these seem more like a badly produced television show than quality children's books.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Getting children to be interested in people from history is not always the easiest task to do. Children may think that history is boring and are not enticed to know or learn more. However, this wonderful book is full of interesting facts and folktale guaranteed to hold any child's attention. Children will learn some great facts about the real-life Johnny Appleseed. Most people know Johnny traveled around the country planting apple seeds because he loved apples so much. But readers may not know that Johnny walked everywhere barefoot and once a rattlesnake bit him but did not hurt him! Johnny loved meeting new people and was friendly to everyone. They not only loved his apples, but the stories he told. Johnny also made friends with animals. He became friends with a wolf he set free from a trap. Children will enjoy reading this exciting book about Johnny Appleseed. The colorful, animated illustrations make the story more thrilling. Teachers will enjoy adding this fun tale to their classroom library. This book is part of the "My 1st Classic Story" series. Reviewer: Cathi I. White

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404816558
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Read-It! Readers en Español: Cuentos Exagerados Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,139,203
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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