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Johnny Appleseed: My Story

by David L. Harrison

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Johnny Appleseed is a all time story that many children love! This is a book about Johnny Appleseed. He stumbles upon a pioneer family who welcomes him into their home. He works for the father of the house by chopping wood for him. Their children loved for him to tell stories so he did. He tells them the story of his life where he begins in a large family and then goes on the road. As he travels many people are enjoying the apples from his trees. This book shows the beauty of the landscapes as well as the goodness of people and the larger than life personality of Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed was well-known for planting apple trees across the frontier.

An extension idea for this book would be to sponge paint apples and put the Johnny Appleseed story on the apple or to cut and taste differnt types of apples and graph the likes and dislikes of them for the class.
  ShopALot | Apr 10, 2011 |
This book is a Level 2 Reader which is defined as being for Grades 1 to 3. And despite being a Practice Reader this book by David Harrison does as fine a job as any book we have read thus far in teaching young children about Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman).

The book begins with Johnny's arrival on a farm. Everyone is excited to see John again and they invite him to dinner. The two children, Will and Beth, want John to tell them one of this stories, and he says 'sure' but not before he helps dad with the wood splitting.

When they do all settle down after dinner, Johnny tells of his own boisterous childhood. How he found relief from the noise of ten siblings! in the woods and how the woods became a second home to him.

The story goes on to describe how he set off from Massachusetts to go west, and how he fell into apple planting by accident when a cider mill gave him free apple seeds. The book covers the harsh winters in Pennsylvania and how John planted seeds there and in Indiana and Ohio too.

Five Stars. Very Good read-aloud. The book gives some history and explanation of how and why Johnny ended up traveling the wilderness. In addition, it points out in a fun, non condemning way that many of the stories told about John are more myth than truth.

Text is included below so you can judge reading levels for yourself.

"I sold sprouts to folks
heading west in their wagons.
I sold sprouts to settlers living in log cabins.
One sprout cost
six and a half cents.

"Sometimes I traded sprouts
for clothes or food.
Some folks were too poor
to trade.
I game them sprouts for free.
I knew how it felt
To be poor.

Pam T~
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews.com ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Sep 25, 2009 |
This colorful children's book tells the story of Johnny Appleseed's life and successes. The pictures are colorful and bright inticing the reader to know more about this character and storyteller.
  mlcraft | Feb 19, 2009 |
Very nice book to help kids learn to read and learn about American History at the same time. Use in grades 1-3 ( )
  EricaD | Jan 11, 2008 |
$3.99
  hse | Apr 11, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375812474, Paperback)

Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure, well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells his story to a couple of entranced children in this fictionalized Step 2 title. Readers learn how he started planting apple trees—and about some of the myths and true stories of his life.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:28 -0400)

An introduction to the life of the man who traveled west planting apple seeds to make the country a better place to live, as told from his perspective.

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