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Johnny Appleseed
Lindbergh, Reeve.
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Publication Information:
[Weston, CT] : Weston Woods ; [Place of publication not identified] : Scholastic, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately 12 min.) : analog + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm.).
General Note:
Side 1, page-turn signals; side 2, no signals.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 66490.
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Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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SB63.C46 L5 2000 TEXT Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Paperback

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Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.

Author Notes

Reeve Lindbergh is the youngest child of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and the author of numerous books. She lives with her family near St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. Lindbergh's rhyming verse tells the story of Johnny Appleseed, weaving as much fact as is known into the legend of the man who made it his mission to see that apple trees were sown across the frontiers of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. "He said he'd bring them apple trees, / Our Lord's gift to the earth; / He said the sun would warm his seeds, / The rain would give them birth." The words reflect the facts given in an afterword that John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed's real name) was "a devout Christian missionary" who carried a Bible throughout his travels and believed in living simply and in harmony with the natural world. Perhaps those details make Jakobsen's folk-art paintings, reminiscent of Mattie Lou O'Kelley's work, all the more appropriate for illustrating the story. Quilt motif borders and sumptuous scenes of farms and countryside convey a vision of goodness, light, and plentitude. An eye-catching book that should intrigue browsers and fit curriculum needs nicely too. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.