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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh is one of my favorite children’s books. The poem tells the story of Johnny Appleseed in a delightful way, and this is a great introduction to poetry for children who tend to run away from it. The illustrations are excellent and complete the story itself. I have used this book many times in teaching fall unit studies, and the children always enjoy both the story and the colorful illustrations. The book also gives a brief account of John Chapman, who really lived and planted apple trees across America.
I recommend this book to anyone who has children or who teaches them.
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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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Each page of text in this beautifully illustrated book is edged by primitive designs, appropriate for the subject matter. Any child who loves pictures will spend much time inspecting the exceptional detail of the wonderful illustrations. I bought several copies of this book, and donated one to our church library. The mother of a 2-year-old told me the book is her child's favorite. I have always like the story of Johnny Appleseed, and I thought this story did him justice!
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This book was great to read to my class of first graders.

The pictures were terrific.
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We are starting Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide and the first book selection for our studies is this one, Johnny Appleseed: A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh. The first discovery I was surprised by is that Reeve is actually a female, which I wouldn't have assumed from the name. After we read through this one, I discovered there is actually an animated story version of it streaming on Discovery Education. As I had one day left before our summer free trial subscription expired we were able to watch it (multiple times actually by request). While it is a poem, it was not overly poetic in my opinion, but told a story well. There was a repeat character of a girl to old woman Hannah Goodwin that John Chapman visited, as she grew so did her apple trees and her gratitude for Johnny Appleseed.

The pictures in this book provide for endless looking and spying of this and that through out. The creatures are so small and so many and it is very neat to discover. The poetic prose tells a good portion of Johnny Appleseed's story, but the Afterword makes it complete and gives more facts and details on his life. I enjoyed the way that Reeve put together this tale of Johnny Appleseed and the illustrations of Kathy Jacobsen truly pull it together. Once again, Memoria Press has chosen a great recommendation for a spring board of a unit study. Reading this book alongside Apples by Jacqueline Farmer was uber fun and educational.
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