Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

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by Reeve Lindbergh, Kathy Jakobsen

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Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.  See more details below


Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is no lack of books about Jon Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, but this is an outstanding addition to the collection. Lindbergh's ( The Midnight Farm ; Benjamin's Barn ) poem tells the story of one man's crusade to spread apple seeds from Massachusetts to the Midwest. Jakobsen's captivating illustrations, rendered in deep tones of rustic blues, browns and golds, are reminiscent of detailed folk art paintings as they depict Johnny on the road, planting and harvesting, talking with settlers. On facing pages borders fashioned like patchwork quilt squares enrich the tale with their minute details. Too many versions of the Johnny Appleseed legend make him into a superhero; this work shows him as a gentle, religious man on a mission, a lover of the land with a consuming interest in the environment. Ages 4-9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Reeve Lindbergh's poetic story pleases the senses and satisfies our desire to know more about this selfless, gentle man whose gift of apple seeds enriched large areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and northern Indiana. Apples could be harvested early and eaten in one form of another all year - an important crop for the settlers. Jakobsen's paintings are jewel-like depictions of this fertile landscape. Each scene glows with those incandescent colors that only an artist's eye can see. Celebrate Johnny's birthday September 26. 1993 (orig.
School Library Journal
This homespun book provides the perfect vehicle for the story of the legendary Johnny Appleseed. Lindbergh's poetic narrative, related by an elderly woman to her grandchildren, tells the story of John Chapman's life and travels, including tidbits referring to his kindness and piety, his nonviolence and bravery, and his respect for all living things. Grandmother Hannah's tale, simply told, holds the power to mist readers' eyes. Finely crafted folk art illustrations, painted on canvas and overflowing with tiny details, complement quilt pattern borders on the facing pages of text. Small panels within these borders show vignettes of Chapman's life and legacy. The full-page illustrations embellish Hannah's story and provide a clear glimpse of life on the frontier during the early 1800s. The book includes a short introduction and a page of factual information at the end. A map on the endpapers shows the states through which Chapman travelled. Steven Kellogg's Johnny Appleseed (Morrow, 1988) is more of a compilation of lore about Chapman's bravery and great feats of strength, while Lindbergh's quiet tale emphasizes the man's true religious nature. It's a treasure. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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Johnny Appleseed 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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it is good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books was sent to my daughter at age 6, 10 years ago now. Her brother is 5 and we pulled it off the shelf yesterday to read. The sing song poem really appealed to him and the pictures were captivating. He was counting all the apple 'meadows' (his word) and learned the word orchard. He noticed a log cabin and all the stumps around it that provided the trees. The pictures are rich with question material and I can tell that this is one he will be going back to over and over. Another idea that is presented is that of generations. Hannah begins as a little girl and then we see her as a grandmother. I came looking for another copy of this book to give as a gift.