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Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend

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The long-enduring American legend of Johnny Appleseed comes to life in the glorious folk illustrations and spirited storytelling of Will Moses. Everyone knows the story of Johnny Appleseed: how he traveled westward across our young country, spreading apple trees wherever he went and wearing outlandish hats, like a soup pot, on his head. But did you know that Johnny Applese ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Philomel
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Haley Barbour
Title: Johnny Appleseed. The Story of a Legend
Author: Will Moses
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): Sharing/Helping others/Generosity/Be grateful
Opening line/sentence: It was 1774, September to be exact, when the apples were hanging heavy and red on the trees, that John Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth and Nathaniel Chapman.
Brief Book Summary: This book tells the story of how Johnny Appleseed, a young boy who loved the outdoors grows into a man who plants apple trees across th
Ryan Hercik
Title: Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend
Author and Illustrator: Will Moses
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): History,Pioneers, Historical Figure
Opening line/sentence: It was in 1774, September to be exact, when the apples were hanging heavy and red on the trees, that John Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth and Nathaniel Chapman.
Brief Book Summary: Not many kids would know that Johnny Appleseed was a real man. In this folk telling by Will Moses he does a great job portraying t
Jacqueline Luna
Nov 17, 2015 Jacqueline Luna rated it really liked it
This story is about a man named John Chapman who was raised by his grandparents while his father was off at war. When his father returned, he announced that he was going to remarry and settle down on some land he had already purchased. John and his sister were forced to move away from their grandparents and join him. John had a hard time during his childhood, considering he had 11 brothers and sisters. There was never any privacy so one day he just up and left towards the frontiers. Along the wa ...more
Margaret Chind

Originally posted on Johnny Appleseed, a legend
This year we are studying folk tales and legends. Starting our year with Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide our first book choice is Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh. In addition to reading that book I decided to peruse our shelves for other Johnny Appleseed and apple themed books including this one, Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend by Will Moses that I bought on recommendation of Sonlight Core A.

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Dundee Library
Oct 02, 2013 Dundee Library rated it it was amazing
This book pieces together details of the life of John Chapman, the actual man who came to be known as Johnny Appleseed. Johnny became a legend as the apple tree planting hero who helped open and tame the American frontier. This book sheds a light on the events that helped shape the tales that grew about this man. From historical accounts and a variety of sources, Moses pieces together the stories of Johnny. From talking with animals, taming wolves, and sleeping with bears, the author weaves what ...more
Erica Johnson
This is a biography about Johnny Appleseed told from the perspective of Will Moses. Moses explores the life of Johnny Appleseed, discusses his past times. Johnny Appleseed was a great tree planter and tree hugger. The biography starts with biographical information about Johnny Appleseed whose real name was John Chapman. Johnny always wanted to "live free like the Indians and the animals" and wanted to roam the undeveloped ground of the country. Moses places his own twists and tales into the biog ...more
Debbie Tanner
Oct 16, 2012 Debbie Tanner rated it it was ok
I loved the art work in this book and I loved that the author and illustrator learned to paint from his father, who learned to paint from his mother, Grandma Moses. The artwork really matches well with the story. However, the story is meandering with so many details that it was kind of overwhelming. At one point, the author is telling about the animals that Johnny was so fascinated with and how the animals love Johnny. The author explains that Johnny might have been bitten by a giant, old rattle ...more
Adriana Mendoza
Our school uses Story Town as it's reading program. In one particular week the the book introduced "Stone Soup" and a small article about "Johnny Appleseed" as the paired selection. My students were interested in the story of Johnny Appleseed so I promised to read some more about him. I found this book in the school library. The artwork and style writing are very good in this book. But I have to stay that it was very long. The book also did not do a good job at introducing some real historical f ...more
Ruby Hollyberry
Loved the story, plot, all of it, meander as it does, but there are some problems here. Too many long words for little kids. Reading it to a child under eight would require a LOT of explanations. But it doesn't look like a big kid book either. With all the illustration and the size and shape, it is going to get shelved with the picture books. Other major problem: VERY VERY GRATUITOUSLY CHRISTIAN. I don't mind this personally, rolls off me like water off a duck, but I doubt I'd put it into a clas ...more
Kimberly Bidwell
Jan 22, 2016 Kimberly Bidwell rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, read-alouds
I read this book with my 7-year-old son and we found it to be a bit tedious. There are a lot of details that just don't seem necessary so it feels like the author is rambling. I liked how the book told about Johnny's journey from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania to Ohio and finally to Indiana. We were able to look at that on a map and my son was amazed at the thought of not using a car for that long distance. My son was also amazed by the amount of kids some of the families had in the story. Overal ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: sonlight-core-a
This is a great compilation of many of the Johnny Appleseed folk tales. And it's told in that rambling old man point of view. It makes it a little hard for the kids to follow, but it makes it more fun in the end. The illustrations are beautiful and keep the kids interest. Really enjoyed it.
Carson Marie
The full life story of Johnny Appleseed and his adventures in the new frontier beginning after the Revolutionary War. A wonderful way to show an American legend to children.
Mar 21, 2014 Emmie rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this and my kids did not seem to like it much either. It was kind of long and drawn out and really didn't say much. It was awkwardly written.
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Jan 25, 2013
Colorful folk art accompanies the legend about John Chapman.
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Born and raised here, in Eagle Bridge, New York, Will Moses creates paintings that reflect the quiet beauty of this tiny community nestled close to the Vermont border. Will has created a vivid, delightful miniature world, peopled with villagers who have stepped out of the past to charm us with their simple, everyday pastimes.

As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a
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