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Johnny Appleseed (A Tall Tale)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,970 Ratings  ·  127 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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Julia
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a part of Steven Kellogg's Tall Tale series and one that is more of an introduction read than some of his other books thus as a result the reader isn't introduced to a lot of Johnny Appleseed lore. Instead the reader gets a nice rounded introduction about the character that would become this mythical man and then it goes into his later exploits while suggesting some of the other stories that were given to him, especially in a beautiful detailed collage that gives the reader some idea al ...more
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
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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
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Aidan
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah Thalmann
Hero

This picture book depicts the life of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, a pioneer famous for planting apple trees during his travels across the northeastern United States. Though this book is identified as a tall tale in the subtitle, it reads more like a biography. The author describes Johnny Appleseed's life and provides some speculation about how his deeds came to be exaggerated and how his story entered American folklore. In the detailed illustrations, rendered primarily in n
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Lauren Paravate
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-21-30
Summary: This story retells all the tall tales of Johnny Appleseed and how he became so well known. It goes from he point where he was a young boy to the end and where he was living in the wilderness. It explains how his story was exaggerated in many different ways from him having a pet wolf to a foot so strong that a rattlesnake couldn't bite him.

Evaluation: I think that this is such a great book to get your kids excited for reading. The different stories of Johnny Appleseed are so exciting and
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Suzannah Burris
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an incredible and very memorable teaching tool. The story of Johnny Appleseed is so sweet, warms the heart of its readers, as well as makes a reader forget whatever season they are living in and just love fall where the apples are. This story is engaging with the legends of Johnny, and the impact he had on people who met him, and the legacy he left for those who never met him. The apples, the legend, and Johnny Appleseed all together make for a memorable story.
Steve Holden
We really go all in on John Chapman for a couple of weeks! This is a fun one! Steven Kellogg was always a fun author for me as a child - I loved tall tales. This tells of his life and stretches out his "legends" to make it very fun for student to read. Since we've studied him some and read several books, it was enjoyable for my students to see the stories of him blown out of proportion for fun.
Kaitlyn
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book did a very good job of telling the life and story of Johnny Appleseed while also keeping the interest of the reader. It was very sad at times but like mentioned before, it was telling the life of a man. The pictures were incredibly detailed and had a ton of nature including animals which was something that definitely kept me interested.
Jeremy
I enjoyed the illustrations, plus the emphasis on storytelling. Read more about John Chapman here and here (full Disney video here). 3.5 stars.
Erica Gronowski
This book is about Johnny Appleseed and how he had wilderness adventures that became larger-than-life legends. Pioneering west from Massachusetts after the American Revolution, he cleared land and planted orchards for the settlers who followed, leaving apple trees and tall tales in his wake.

I gave this a 3 out of 5 because it is a great story and is informational, but not one of my favorites.
Tyne Mather
This book is great for teaching kids about Johnny Appleseed. It is written well and kids can understand it easily. I liked this book because it is a cute story and the pictures are awesome. But it is also a very long story and kids can lose interest after a while.
Hannah
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set up so realistically that the children might think that he's real... The illustrations are very detailed, vivid and colorful and even if the text is too complicated for your class you can play a game like "I spy" with the pictures.
Lindsay Niebuhr
This is the classic story of Johnny Appleseed. The story tells of the things that he did and his mission to plant all of the apple seeds. I would give this book 2 out of five stars because it is a classic and one that is often used in passages for students to read.
Terri Stuart
Kellogg, Steven. Johnny Appleseed (1988) In this retelling of the Johnny Appleseed story, author and illustrator Steven Kellogg tells the story of how apple seeds made their way from Massachusetts to California. John loved watching the apple trees near his home blossom then turn into apples, and as soon as he was old enough, he left home to explore the wilderness to the west carrying with him a pouch full of apple seeds. John befriended animals and settler’s alike, the latter of which were eager ...more
Brooke Seidel
Title: Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale
Author: Steven Kellogg
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): Pioneers, Obstacles, Apples
Opening line/sentence: John Chapman who later became known as Johnny Appleseed was born on September 26th, 1774.
Brief Book Summary: Johnny Appleseed is a lover of animals, people and apple trees. He is handed an orchard and learns all about apples. Johnny eventually plants his own orchard and while he is doing this, he is always helping others and giving people shelter and assistance.
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Vanessa Westen
Great story for kids if you only want to touch on the Revolutionary War and not go into much detail as they are too young.
Nicole Gustafson
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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Jazmine Shoup
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Amnah
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Johnny Appleseed, he is a great person. He loves helping others and giving people shelter and assistance. He is a wonderful man who planted apple trees all over Ohio. When he was young his mother and brother died. So, he lived with his father and stepmother. He always loves the nature, so he left his home and lived in the forest and he planted apple trees. Then, the story tells the life of Johnny and how he loves to help everyone and anyone. In the end, when Johnny reaches the age of 70 he canno
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Lindsey Watson
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Christina Taylor
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
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
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
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
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
Rebecca Hipps
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Rebecca
This children's book is a biography of the life on Johnny Appleseed. The book tells the well known story of a boy who lived his life traveling through Ohio cutting down forests and planting apple trees. He did so to help the colonists as they traveled to the new land. He also gave them apple seeds and saplings which lead to him being called Johnny Appleseed. The book also tells about some of the tall tales that were spread about the boy as he traveled around.
This biography is a good depiction of
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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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