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Johnny Appleseed Hardcover – August 22, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 22, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688064175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688064174
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Johnny Appleseed (his real last name was Chapman) is reintroduced in this succinct rendition of the life of a beloved American folk hero, from his birth in Massachusetts in 1774 to his death in Indiana in 1845. Kellogg chronicles Johnny's travels throughout the land, his legendary scattering of appleseeds (originally culled from the orchards he frequented as a child) and his storytelling of Bible and adventure stories to the children and adults he meets along the way, which were embroidered as they were passed along by word-of-mouth). Kellogg's illustrations illuminate a man that all schoolchildren know, in a polished blend of fact and fiction. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4 In the image of his Pecos Bill (1986) and Paul Bunyan (1984, both Morrow), Kellogg has created Johnny Appleseed perhaps the most colorful and appealing of this tall tale trio. Readers are skillfully lead into the story by means of colorful endpapers, title page, and frontispiece showing Johnny scattering seeds, checking on his saplings, and, as an old man, gathering apples. Illustrations are done in paint and pen and ink on textured paper in the muted greens, browns, and blues of the frontier woodlands, the red of the apples providing the only bright color. While several two-page panoramas are included, most illustrations fill two-thirds of the page, many bursting out of their white-bordered frames, and all of them brimming with the lush detail for which Kellogg has become famous. Indians, pioneers, and animals of woodland and farm, covered wagons and bargesall drawn in his familiar cartoon-like stylebring the frontier days to life. The brief text combining legend with fact, coupled with the picture book format, makes this life of Johnny Appleseed the most accessible and entertaining one available for young children. Johnny's unchanging youthful appearance throughout most of the book is the one disturbing flaw in this eye-catching volume. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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With the same energy, humor and clarity found in his 50 books, David wows audiences at schools around the United States and beyond. David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His presentations lead children on entertaining and educational journeys that combine math, science, reading and writing. David also gives keynote presentations and workshops for educators at professional conferences.

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My 6 and 8 yr. old love this book.
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Almost 5 Stars In this wonderfully illustrated children's book, Steven Kellogg mixes history and legend to tell a charming tale.
Khyraen
We enjoyed reading about Johnny Appleseed and learning about his life.
Miss Nye's Second Grade Class

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Khyraen on June 23, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Almost 5 Stars

In this wonderfully illustrated children's book, Steven Kellogg mixes history and legend to tell a charming tale. Sometimes, the illustrations tell the story without the need for words.

Because of the lengthy text on the pages and the more mature vocabulary used, as well as two different discussions about death, this book is really geared towards the eight to twelve category.

The author includes a note at the end of the book to clarify where history ends and legend beings--as well as can be done. And the map at the back of the book will help children visualize his life-long journey.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My children and I seem to be on a Johnny Appleseed binge. This is one of the three books that we have read lately and our second favorite.

This book begins with some background on John Chapman, his birth, his mother's and baby brother's early death, and his fathers remarriage and the subsequent household that resulted in 11 children.

We are given to understand that young John retreated to the outdoors to escape "from his boisterous household" (lol). And we are told that animals sensed his gentleness and responded in kind. We also see John befriending Indians and clearing the woods in spots to plant his beloved trees.

Much of the old ways of life are shown. There are pictures of covered wagons being pulled by oxen, as well as a house raising. The War of 1812 is mentioned briefly, as well as the fears settlers had of the Indians at that time. Unlike Aliki's book, this one does not describe how some of the difficulties with the Native Americans came as a result of the actions of the settlers. And you don't quite get the sense of there being good settlers and bad, good Indians and bad, as you do from the latter book.

Still this book has much to teach and there is a lot to point out and discuss. Besides the factual matters mentioned above there are several tall tales such as the one about the soles of John's feet being so tough that a rattlesnake fangs couldn't penetrate them, and the one about his frolicking with bear cubs while mama bear watched.

[By the way, this book does a better job than most in pointing out that many of these stories are tall tales.]

The book ends with Johnny going further west into the wilds of Indiana (LOL) where he eventually runs into the children of the children he used to tell stories to.

Four stars. A very nice book. The artwork is distinctive and there are many opportunities for children to learn some of our country's folk heroes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
John Chapman was born on Sept. 26, 1774. He had a rough childhood when his father left for the Revolutionary War and his mother and brother died before his second birthday. His father eventually remarried by the time he was six. The Chapman�s lived on an apple orchard and used the apples for many things including sauces, cider, vinegar, and apple butter. When he was old enough to leave the home he went to the Allegheny Mountains and planted a small orchard. He ventured through the Pennsylvania Forest and continued to plant small orchards along his way. He befriended the pioneers and was a friend to the animals as well. Johnny soon became known as Johnny Appleseed because of the small orchards he planted all over the country. Storytellers always had a new tall tale about his survival in the wilderness. In March of 1845 Johnny became ill while trudging through a snowstorm and died a few days later. I would recommend this book because it teaches and informs us of a guy who was a great legend. He was known for planting many orchards and surviving in the wilderness. He was a brave man and who knows what our world would be like without him. ~ Katelyn Carson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janis on September 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was a little wordy & boring. It dragged on. The illustration is beautiful though. I watch two sisters--ages 6 & 9. I started to read it to them after we did a Johnny Appleseed craft, but after the first few pages, they weren't interested in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Anderson on August 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this story to present a Common Core lesson to my first grade students. It has rich vocabulary and an engaging story. With my week long lesson, I found my students using vocabulary from the text in unique and appropriate ways. I also found that they recalled elements of this story throughout the year. - Shirley Anderson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Badurina on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are lots of great details about Johnny Appleseed in this book. We just happened to read it during September, so we got a pleasant surprise that we were close to Johnny's birthday. My 6yr old son enjoyed using our wall map of the U.S. to track Johnny's path from Massachusetts to Indiana (on foot! A point not lost on my son who loves to go on walks).

The illustrations are wonderful and add even more depth to the story. The pictures inspired discussions about covered wagons, how pioneers had to build their own homes, Indian clothing, identifying animals that live in the forests, etc.

The story does include the sudden death of Johnny's mother & brother, but it is done in a way that was appropriate for this age and added interesting background about Johnny's life. Johnny's eventual death is a much sadder part of the story, but it was nicely tied into the idea that although he's no longer alive his legend lives on.

I was happy that the book even explained how and why tall tales about Johnny came about, which started a discussion with my son about how he (like all 6yr olds) sometimes stretches the truth about events to make them more exciting.

Overall, this book is a real treasure - a great story about an engaging figure in history with beautiful illustrations, and lots of room for added discussion and learning.
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