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Johnny Appleseed Paperback – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316526347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316526340
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

There is no lack of books about Jon Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, but this is an outstanding addition to the collection. Lindbergh's ( The Midnight Farm ; Benjamin's Barn ) poem tells the story of one man's crusade to spread apple seeds from Massachusetts to the Midwest. Jakobsen's captivating illustrations, rendered in deep tones of rustic blues, browns and golds, are reminiscent of detailed folk art paintings as they depict Johnny on the road, planting and harvesting, talking with settlers. On facing pages borders fashioned like patchwork quilt squares enrich the tale with their minute details. Too many versions of the Johnny Appleseed legend make him into a superhero; this work shows him as a gentle, religious man on a mission, a lover of the land with a consuming interest in the environment. Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

This homespun book provides the perfect vehicle for the story of the legendary Johnny Appleseed. Lindbergh's poetic narrative, related by an elderly woman to her grandchildren, tells the story of John Chapman's life and travels, including tidbits referring to his kindness and piety, his nonviolence and bravery, and his respect for all living things. Grandmother Hannah's tale, simply told, holds the power to mist readers' eyes. Finely crafted folk art illustrations, painted on canvas and overflowing with tiny details, complement quilt pattern borders on the facing pages of text. Small panels within these borders show vignettes of Chapman's life and legacy. The full-page illustrations embellish Hannah's story and provide a clear glimpse of life on the frontier during the early 1800s. The book includes a short introduction and a page of factual information at the end. A map on the endpapers shows the states through which Chapman travelled. Steven Kellogg's Johnny Appleseed (Morrow, 1988) is more of a compilation of lore about Chapman's bravery and great feats of strength, while Lindbergh's quiet tale emphasizes the man's true religious nature. It's a treasure. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book was for my preschool class and they enjoyed the book!
Lauren Anicich
Kathy Jakobsen's wonderful folk art illustrations are the perfect fit for this tale.
Theo Logos
I bought several copies of this book, and donated one to our church library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Theo Logos on June 1, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
The story of Johnny Appleseed has long been a favorite, cherished legend of the American frontier for generations of young children, and this magical collaboration between poet Lindbergh and illustrator Jakobsen is a sweet and simple way to introduce it. Both poem and illustrations are beautifully simple, lacking all artiface, and are thus wonderfully appropriate for descibing a legend famous for those same qualities.
Lindbergh's poem tells Johnny Appleseed's story through the perspective of one woman who observed his odd career over the course of her lifetime. "She saw him first", so the poem goes, when she was just a little girl and he visited her familie's frontier cabin in the woods. All her life, as she grew and with her the country, turning from rough frontier into settled lands, she heard the tales of Johnny's journeys as civilization's ambassador as he spread his gift of apple trees. "She saw him last" as well, when as an old woman she welcomed the aged Johnny at her neat little farm house surounded by apple trees. And she kept alive his legend when he was gone, by telling his stories to her grandchildren every year at apple harvest time.
Kathy Jakobsen's wonderful folk art illustrations are the perfect fit for this tale. Her pictures are simple, almost child-like; bursting with vivid color and full of creative energy. There is a full page illustration across from each page of text, which in turn is boardered with illustrations of scenes from Johnny's story. In addition, there are two double paged illustrations; one showing settlers moving into the wild frontier, and the other showing that same land as tamed and settled country, full of apple trees.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book represents Chapman's life with respect and honesty. The brief bio at the end of the book and his poem accurately depicts Chapman's life as missionary and nurseryman. Chapman is shown as a frontiersman who loved the people and not as a tall tale character or eccentric missionary wondering around Ohio. The illustrations by Kathy Jakobsen are well researched and add a greaat deal of information about the pioneer life at the time of Chapman. This book makes an excellent addition to your Johnny Appleseed collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katrina R. Bristol on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
My kids and I loved this poem, which we checked out of the library, with an accompanying tape. It so eloquently preserved not only the historical contribution that John Chapman made to our country but also his devotion to God--a part of our country's heritage that is too often forgotten today. The art in this book is simple but rich in detail. We loved it so much that we decided to buy a copy for ourselves!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are many legends about John Chapman, the quiet man who planted apple orchards across early America. This book captures the romantic mystery of these legends, while emphasizing that they are based on a real person's story. The book opens as young Hannah spies him coming down the road toward her family's homestead. He stays for dinner, and leaves some apple seedlings for the family when he goes away. Throughout the years he plants apple trees across the land. When many decades later he returns to Hannah's home, she thanks him for the years of apples that have nourished her family, and tells her grandchildren how she met him as a child.

This book, well-written in rhyming verse and illustrated by the gifted folk artist Kathy Jakobsen, is an excellent addition to any child's library, but will be especially attractive for Christian readers because of its emphasis on John Chapman's faith. It is a tribute that conveys well how Chapman's influence is still felt in American culture, and it ought to whet the appetite for exploring the history behind the legend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori J. Lawson on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was great to read to my class of first graders.

The pictures were terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia King on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Johny Appleseed, a poem by Lindbergh and illustrated by Jakobsen, is a version of John Chapman's life told with rhyming verse and through unusually stylized drawings. When I read this story I play a game with my kids after reciting the stanza. I ask them to find something new on each page, kind of like Where's Waldo. The exacting details in the drawings always gives us something new to do an "I spy" with. This story gives an American history lesson without being to overwhelming for youngsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Hambone on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is enjoyable to read and we're happy to own it. Since this is such a timeless tale, we feel it's a must for any library. The artwork is unique and the tale is cleverly written in rhyme. It's thicker than most paperback books this size.
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By Nancy Thaemert on March 14, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my young grandchildren and they love the true story and the wonderful illustrations. It's one of those books that parents and grandparents enjoy reading not only for the story, but the charming illustrations.
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