John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was a historical figure whose wilderness adventures became larger-than-life legends.
Born in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War, John headed west as soon as he was able. Along the way, he cleared land and planted orchards so he could supply apples to the settlers he knew would follow. When the settlers did arrive, John befriended them, often giving away his trees. Soon he became known as Johnny Appleseed.
Legends about him spread quickly: It was said that he slept in a tree-top hammock, that he had a pet wolf, that he played with a bear family. Everyone seemed to know a story about Johnny Appleseed. And even today people claim to have seen him.
In vivid prose and magnificent pictures that spring off the pages, Steven Kellogg tells the lively story of a true American Hero.
48 pages 978-0688064174 Ages 4-8
Keywords: biography, legend, folklore, adventure, heroes, apples, trees, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old
The larger-than-life story of a true American hero—John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed.
This fun picture book has been a favorite for generations. Bursting with energy and perfect for reading aloud at home or in the classroom, Johnny Appleseed is an excellent choice for storytime.
"The brief text combining legend with fact, coupled with the picture book format, makes this life of Johnny Appleseed the most accessible and entertaining one available for young children," according to School Library Journal. Steven Kellogg "is ideal as interpreter of this fascinating man. An affectionate portrayal, enthusiastically accomplished," praised Booklist
A good supplement for units on tall tales, folktales, American history, apples, and seasons! And just a fun read-aloud for sharing.---from the publisher