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Johnny Appleseed (A Tall Tale)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,538 ratings  ·  81 reviews

The larger-than-life story of a true American hero -- John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Kellogg "is ideal as interpreter of this fascinating man....[His] color has never been so rich and luxuriant....An affectionate portrayal, enthusiastically accomplished." -- Booklist.

Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Scholastic
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Tonya Nelson
I just read this to my Kindergarteners not too long ago, and they really enjoyed it!

Summary: This story tells about an American hero named John Chapman, or (his more well-known name) Johnny Appleseed. It tells about Johnny’s place in American history and why he is appreciated today. I really love this book because the illustrations are fantastic, it includes many character building traits for students, and can incorporate other disciplines. The story begins with him as a little boy and tells abo
Emily Holter
This tall tale retold of Johnny Appleseed is surely a great book to use in a K-3 classroom. This book tells the tale of John Chapman, otherwise known as, Johnny Appleseed. Children will enjoy following along a timeline of Johnny Appleseed's life from when he was born until the day he died. But most importantly, children will understand why and how he got his nickname of Johnny Appleseed!

Many big even events happen throughout this story. It starts out by telling readers that Johnny's father was i
Jimna Carbone
Kellogg, Steven. Johnny Appleseed (1988). This biographical book of Johnny Appleseed is fascinating. It explains the life of a wonderful man who planted apple trees all over Ohio. At a young age he lost his mother and brother and lived with his father and stepmother, but nature was always his passion. He left his home and lived in the woods where he continuously cleared paths and planted apple trees. He was a just man never picked sides in the War but helped everyone and anyone. Many invented ta ...more
Megan Cureton
The book describes Johnny Chapman, otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed, and all of his accomplishments. It tells about all the places he planted tress throughout the country, and how he lived day to day. I really enjoyed this book, not only for the facts and learning about the life of Johnny Appleseed, but also reading about the legends people said about him and just reading about special things that this book mentions, that some people might not know. I really liked that the author included the ...more
Nicole Gustafson
Apr 26, 2015 Nicole Gustafson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classroom teachers, parents, children
This story opens with John Chapman as a young boy. Tragedy strikes within the first few pages when his mother and brother both die when Johnny was two. Johnny’s father who was fighting in the revolutionary war comes home and remarries. Johnny spends his free time picking apples, making cider and looking after his ten other siblings. Once Johnny is old enough to move away, he takes to the forests. He begins small by planting apple seeds here and there and then eventually starts planting seeds th ...more
A true folktale story comes to life in this book! Once living in a town that has a Johnny Appleseed weekend celebration, it was a true highlight of the year! Using this book to describe American history, and or the tale of how to share something with others.

This book is full of life as the legend gets told to be told of one man who's life mission seems to be spreading the joy of his life, through tall tales, wilderness trips and even Bible stories. It is said, that even sharing an apple with so
Kaitlyn Skovran
Johnny Appleseed is a sweet little book about the adventurous John Chapman who planted as many apple trees as he could. He helped others, and never harmed an animal. He loved living in the wild and people told stories about him that people all over remember. The illustrations in the book are amazing. My favorite picture would have to be the one the spands across two pages, showing all the wildly outlandish things that Johnny Appleseed did in his life out in the wild. One thing I did notice is th ...more
I learned that Johnny Appleseed was a folktown hero because he planted appleseeds. I thought it was sad when his mom and his little brother died, and his dad went to war.
Ashley Barna
Johnny Appleseed, written and illustrated by Steven Kellogg retells the story of John Chapman. The story starts when John was just a little boy. It is very sad to know that he his mother and his younger brother died when he was only two years old. But by the time he was six years old his father had found another wife and then had ten more children! John spent a lot of time in the nearby apple orchard. He and his siblings made all sorts of things with the apples. Later, John set out into the wild ...more
Rebecca Hipps
Though Steven Kellogg has always been a favorite author of mine, “Johnny Appleseed” is one of my favorites. Though the text is very simple and straightforward, the illustrations bring the life of John Chapman alive with vivid, intricate details. The front endpages show Johnny Appleseed as a tiny figure, amidst a flourishing forest. A giant tree is centered across the gutter, and is the first thing that catches the reader’s eye. This image in itself establishes the reverence Johnny Appleseed has ...more
Jazmine Shoup
Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale written and illustrated by Steven Kellogg is a children’s fiction picture book age appropriate for grade 3. The book chronicles the life of John Chapman, or more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed. The book utilizes accurate facts about the life of Johnny Appleseed adding specific elements that make the stories of Johnny Appleseed more intriguing. The book is a great biography that chronicles the young life of Johnny Appleseed. The book includes anecdotes about the ...more
Natalie Sabbath
Johnny Appleseed
Main Characters: Johnny Appleseed
POV: Third Person

Summary: This version of “Johnny Appleseed,” is retold by Steven Kellogg, a well known American author and illustrator. Kellogg takes the reader through the story of Johnny Appleseed’s life. The story begins with the birth of Johnny Appleseed and his childhood. Johnny Appleseed was born Johnny Chapman to a family in hard times, with his father away at war and his mother and baby brother passing away before he was two. To escape fr
Amy Schmitz
Tells a different version of the life of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed). This book starts when John Chapman is a baby and provides the details of his little brother and mother dying before John turns 2. After John's father returns from fighting in the Revolutionary War he gets remarried and John gets ten more siblings. With this addition of children, John escapes the crowded house by going to the nearby apple orchard. As John grew older he left home and went west, planting apple orchards along ...more
Christina Taylor
Transitioning gracefully from fact to myth and back again, Kellogg’s take on the remarkable life and Johnny Appleseed legend which grew up around John Chapman is an attractive introduction to one of America’s first folk heroes. Hewing close to reality with a linear but episodic narrative, the tale of the most famous nurseryman in the United States is simplified for young audiences and presents as fact not only verifiable details of Chapman’s life but also a handful of digressions into possible b ...more
Lindsey Watson
Johnny Appleseed was born in hard times, with his father away at war and his mother and baby brother passing away before he was two. His father remarried and had ten more children and to escape from everything, Johnny sets out to the forest and harvests the apple trees on his family’s property. When he reaches an age where he can survive on his own, Johnny leaves his home to live in the forest with nature and animals because they make him the happiest. Johnny decides he wants to clear out the tr ...more
Jessica Winden
Johnny Appleseed was born in hard times, with his father away at war and his mother and baby brother passing away before he was two. His father remarried and had ten more children and to escape from everything, Johnny sets out to the forest and harvests the apple trees on his family’s property. When he reaches an age where he can survive on his own, Johnny leaves his home to live in the forest with nature and animals because they make him the happiest. Johnny decides he wants to clear out the tr ...more
Peyton Jay
Steven Kellogg does a great rendition of the classic tall tale of Johnny Appleseed. This is a classic story that has been passed down from generation to generation, and has been re told by so many, and this is just another great example of that. Steven Kellogg has great illustrations that really go along well with his rendition as well. they are vibrant and bright, with a lot of detail that really grab the reader's attention throughout the story. Very well done re-tell of the classic tale.
This was a very interesting story for me to read. I had never heard the folktale of Johnny Appleseed before and was very intrigued. The story was about Johnny’s life. He was born in hard times, with his father away at war and his mother and baby brother passing away before he was two. His father remarried and had a new family, as soon as Johnny was of age he moved out to the woods, which made him the happiest. He built a life planting apple trees. He did many inspiring things throughout his life ...more
Liz Hammet
This story would be great for young students who are beginning to read short chapter stories. In this particular story of Johnny Appleseed, there are 9 short chapters that are divided chronologically in order to tell the story about Johnny Appleseed. The illustrations are bright and vivid and portray a beautiful setting of the outside world. The beginning chapters reveal the younger side of Johnny, as he was very adventurous in the outside world. He loved the wild animals and the plants that gre ...more
Tonya Branch

As a child I remember reading this book with my mother. I always thought this was a "tall tale" and that Johnny Appleseed was not a real person. I had no idea this character was based on a real person until I read this book. The book tells the story of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) who was born during the Revolutionary War. As he grew up, it was apparent that he loved nature. After the revolution he pioneered west. As he moved, he cleared land and planted orchards which were left fo
Erica Rhodes
This was a great little read on the American fable or tall tale of Johnny Appleseed. There's a wonderful mix of facts and the kinds of stories that were spread making Johnny Appleseed become a tall tale.

My kids loved the artwork in this book. It's not exactly fancy, but it is incredibly beautiful. The kids thought the colors and the art really worked for the character.

While I can't say how well the facts are researched in the book, this did give us a wonderful discussion point of how myths, fabl
This tall tale about Johnny Appleseed is told with Steven Kellogg's humorous illustrations. Look especially at the faces of the people and animals; he captures so much in their expressions.

This book lives up to Steven Kellogg's talent in storytelling and illustration.
Steven Kellogg's tale of Johnny Appleseed introduces the life of this character from the very beginning as a baby and tells of his family life and how they all loved picking apples in the fall. It tells how Johnny met the Native Americans on his travel through the forest when he left home and how he outsmarted some men in a tree-chopping match to clear the orchard. He sold young trees to the pioneers traveling West and became a town storyteller. He goes into talking about how Johnny did not like ...more
Jessica Judd
Johnny Appleseed is a book about the life of John Chapman who is better known as Johnny Appleseed. The book chronicles his life and adventures. While I don’t know how accurate the book is, it would be a great book to introduce children to the folk tale of Johnny Appleseed. In the book, you will find him clearing acres and acres of trees. Planting acres and acres of apple trees and selling trees to settles. My favorite part of the book is all the stories that people told of Johnny’s life.

This story by Kellogg is wonderfully illustrated. His illustrations in Jack and the Beanstalk have actually won a Caldecott award, so you know thy are worth the look. I thought this story could be greatly tied in with history lessons in class, along with lessons about creative writing. overall this book was beautiful and very well written.
Brent Rogers
This book is about Johnny Appleseed and all that he is famous for. Children will really enjoy this book and think it's a great story. The pictures are very entertaining. The book is appropriate for all ages.
The fabled John Chapman AKA, Johnny Appleseed is a larger than life character whose fabled story has become a well known American fable. Johnny sets out to populate the land with his beloved apple trees.Vivid pictures and fable based on a true American hero, the story captures the imagination of both young and older children. This story embodies selflessness and generosity, a lesson and a message that should ring loudly with all who read the tale. A classroom environment is perfect to teach and ...more
This book is all about a little kid that was born sept 26,1774 and his name was John chapman. He was a tiny baby. His dad whent into the revoulationary war and his brother and mother died before his second birthday.He grow up with alot of animals and his dad had ten more kids.He loved the woods and he loved his nature friends.He meet alot of new people like indians and pilgrims.He sleep in caves and in dark scary places like wolves hills.Then he got old and had lots of kids and they all love the ...more
Danielle Krohn
Steven Kellogg writes a biographical picture book about Johnny Appleseed that will appeal to younger readers. This book provides an accurate account on the life of Johnny Appleseed growing up during the Revolutionary War period in history. Despite hard times as a child, Johnny is able to escape the noice and enter into the peaceful atmostphere of the woods. Younger readers will easily be able to understand the basic tale of Johnny Appleseed by reading this in picture book format. In the classroo ...more
Satisfying bio and usual reliably detailed illustrations from Steven Kellogg. Authors note explains his research of the man and the myth. Don't miss the back endpapers.
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Steven Kellogg is an author and illustrator who has contributed over 90 books for children. He is best known for writing books about animals, for which he credits his grandmother .
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