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Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend
by Will Moses
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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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
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
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
Dec 04, 2011 Adriana Mendoza rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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.