Most helpful critical review
this book has great illustrations and figurative language
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.