His real name was John Chapman.
He grew apples.
But wait. So what?
Why should we remember him and read about him and think about him and talk about him today,
more than two hundred years after he was born?
Why should we call him a hero?
Esmé Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.
|Product dimensions:||9.78(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||AD940L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Esmé Raji Codell is an award-winning author and public school librarian who lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and son. Always inspired by the way John Chapman managed to change the landscape of our country by planting a few small seeds, Esmé Raji Codell reads aloud to children every day, believing that that is another small seed that can change the landscape of our country. She is a proud honorary member of the Johnny Appleseed Society, strives to help urban children see how they can follow in her favorite farmer's footsteps, and likes to eat her apple pie À la mode. You can visit www.planetesme.com to find out more about Johnny Appleseed, including activities, suggested reading, and more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this book, the fast paced world we live in is put on hold to tell the tale of Johnny Appleseed. Using the life and examples that John “Appleseed” Chapman set in his travels across America planting apple trees, a wider moral story is told among the bright and uniquely illustrated pages. Part fact, part fiction, the tale of Johnny Appleseed’s travels across the United States usually focuses solely on apples. In Seed by Seed, a more in depth look at the man, John Chapman, provides a greater detailed account of his deeds and the influence he had on shaping the nation in his small way. Primarily by leaving five examples to follow: Use what you have, share what you have, respect nature, try to make peace where there is war, and you can reach your destination by taking small steps. Codell uses these examples to highlight some of the lesser known details of what Chapman did during his lifetime. As she shifts the focus away from apples and towards the strong moral man he was, children learn of his love of nature and animals, his storytelling and books he shared, and his relationship between Native Americans and the pioneers. The legend of Johnny Appleseed is known by many school children, although I believe that number is currently declining, and Codell does a great job of reviving his legend. The message is clear. Johnny Appleseed is not just a legend, but a real man who made a difference in the world seed by seed, and deed by deed. Included are some fun apple inspired activities to celebrate the anniversary of John “Appleseed” Chapman and an apple pie recipe. Recommended for readers age 4-8.