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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
Do we really need another book about Johnny Appleseed? In my primary library I have seventeen different books about Johnny Appleseed.

Now I have eighteen. And I am very happy with this new look at Johnny. Before I even saw the book, I knew I'd love it; how can you go wrong with a collaboration between the amazing Esme Raji Codell and the wonderful Lynne Rae Perkins?

This is a magnificent book. The story carries us from present day America into life at the time of John Chapman. We spend time with Chapman and come to know him by the legacy he left for us: use what you have, share what you have, respect nature, try to make peace where there is war, and you can reach your destination by taking small steps.

Beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
In this book, the fast paced world we live in is put on hold to tell the tale of Johnny Appleseed. Using the life and examples that John "Appleseed" Chapman set in his travels across America planting apple trees, a wider moral story is told among the bright and uniquely illustrated pages.

Part fact, part fiction, the tale of Johnny Appleseed's travels across the United States usually focuses solely on apples. In Seed by Seed, a more in depth look at the man, John Chapman, provides a greater detailed account of his deeds and the influence he had on shaping the nation in his small way. Primarily by leaving five examples to follow: Use what you have, share what you have, respect nature, try to make peace where there is war, and you can reach your destination by taking small steps.

Codell uses these examples to highlight some of the lesser known details of what Chapman did during his lifetime. As she shifts the focus away from apples and towards the strong moral man he was, children learn of his love of nature and animals, his storytelling and books he shared, and his relationship between Native Americans and the pioneers.

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is known by many school children, although I believe that number is currently declining, and Codell does a great job of reviving his legend. The message is clear. Johnny Appleseed is not just a legend, but a real man who made a difference in the world seed by seed, and deed by deed.

Included are some fun apple inspired activities to celebrate the anniversary of John "Appleseed" Chapman and an apple pie recipe.

Recommended for readers age 4-8.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
I love the drawings and wonderful words about the great Johnny Appleseed. What a great dude! Make an apple pie (recipe included at end of the book), get three scoops of vanilla ice cream, and read this book with your friends!
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This is an interesting and long book. Not quite like a storybook although it does start out that way, this is more of a miniature encyclopedia to my thinking with page after page of fact and detail (be it legend, fact or myth). The illustrations are wondrous to the eye and enjoyable to look at and my favorite page is one that is embroidery with words around and in it. Johnny Appleseed is always a great learning theme for school and I'm glad to have discovered another book for our shelf. I enjoyed this Advanced Reader Copy, and I'll have to see about getting us a real copy for a keeper.

(In my notes I just discovered a second review written for this...)Johnny Appleseed Legend ReviewSeed by Seed Johnny Appleseed Review Johnny Appleseed poem

I love this book. The details are full and presented in a very interesting manner. The illustrations are beautiful and they are shown in various methods including cross stitch and wood cuts. This biography on Johnny Appleseed is full of details from his birth to his death. Two kids are learning about Johnny Appleseed and their imaginations take them back in time where they can learn and walk side by side in his work. The moral given for this story is how Johnny Appleseed lived by example step by step and day by day. Pressing and prompting kids to make a difference in their own modern world.
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on August 18, 2015
Meh. Don't get me wrong, this book has great illustrations and figurative language, for example: "The moon shone on the snow until the land glowed like a pearl." I even like the beginning of the book where the author tells how the past is different from the present and the pictures show a little boy and girl in modern times and then their surroundings and clothing change to the time of John Chapman. I thought that was cool. It is a really pretty book, I just can't get over the spiritual undertones, which make it seem so hokey. "His sweet spirit lives on in the apples we eat..." and there is a little chant at the end of the book you are encouraged to say and you can use the word, "Lord", or "World", or "Earth" interchangeably in it if you wish. It's not terrible, I just can't read it to my kids without feeling silly. We will be using a different book to learn about John Chapman/Johnny Appleseed.
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on January 19, 2013
Lovely. As a Thanksgiving present for my Ohio sister who hosts many children for Thanksgiving and has a wonderful collection of kiddie books to engage them, this was perfect. The illustrations are very well done. Nice and colorful, and the transition from the "olden days" to now intrigued our kids. The narrative succeeds in informing the kids without sounding like a text book. I would recommend this highly for any age. The pictures please preschoolers, older kids will read and reread the story, and adults are fond of reading it as a "coffee table" book. Well done!
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on May 22, 2013
The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need: the sun, the rain, and the appleseed.

This book looks at the life you live and the lives you inspire. It's more than a biography -- it is meant to change the world.
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on December 30, 2012
Calming book, short to read. Nice summary of a life well spent. Instills appreciation of the good others have done in this world. Recommend for 5-9 year olds.
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on January 27, 2014
I'm a Johnny Appleseed fan and it was good to see some attention paid to his Swedenborgian beliefs in addition to his role spreading apples.
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on July 18, 2015
A wonderful biography about John Chapman/Johnny Appleseed!!! Great point of view and wonderful pictures. A Must read!
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