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He planted apple seeds to make the country a better place to live.


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He planted apple seeds to make the country a better place to live.

30 review for The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ally Lindley

    I think this is a great story to read around Johnny Appleseed Day. I think it would be fun to do a craft in addition to the reading and any studies the classroom of students may do around this time as well. It is just a great story about Johnny Appleseed, his life, and his mission.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MacKenzie Duncan

    I thought this was a great book that did a great job talking about who Johnny Appleseed was, what his mission was, and everything that he accomplished throughout his life. This would be a great book to read on Johnny Appleseed Day. This would be a great book to have in my future classroom!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Ricard

    Such a wonderful story about Johnny Appleseed and his mission. This would be perfect in a lesson for Johnny Appleseed day! He illustrations are wonderful!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma Filbrun

    We have read several picture books about Johnny Appleseed. This is a beautiful one, with very nice pictures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelle Treadwell

    Ohio and U.S. History

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I listened to this book with my grands as part of our Apple Unit to earn an Apple badge through Quest. We enjoyed the story and learned a lot! It was a great addition to our unit!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Daly

    Title: The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed Author: Margaret Hodges Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root Genre: Legend Theme(s): apples, journey, children, determination, helpful Opening line/sentence: “Johnny Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1744.” Brief Book Summary: All Johnny Chapman wanted to do was plant apple trees in the wilderness. He became similar to one of the animals, planting apple seeds along the way, and the children named him “Johnny Appleseed.” Johnny Appleseed died in th Title: The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed Author: Margaret Hodges Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root Genre: Legend Theme(s): apples, journey, children, determination, helpful Opening line/sentence: “Johnny Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1744.” Brief Book Summary: All Johnny Chapman wanted to do was plant apple trees in the wilderness. He became similar to one of the animals, planting apple seeds along the way, and the children named him “Johnny Appleseed.” Johnny Appleseed died in the cold winter, but his apple trees lived on. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Adele Mujal (Children's Literature) This is a lovely version of an eccentric bit of American history. The text describes a man with a different outlook on life--a man who believed that other creatures have just as much right to be on the earth as humans. Johnny Appleseed lived his life true to his philosophy; he carried news between the settled East and the newly settled West and planted groves of apple trees in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Every other page presents a full-page illustration closely related to the text, and the paragraphs on the facing pages are decorated with more beautiful artwork. Johnny Appleseed became a legend and left a legacy that is still remembered and enjoyed. The author says some people thought he was crazy, but this book emphasizes the good he did. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, July 1997 (Vol. 93, No. 21)) In this picture book, Hodges tells the story of Johnny Appleseed: his Massachusetts childhood, his westward wandering, his devotion to God, his idiosyncratic appearance and habits, his kindness to all, and his planting and care of apple trees. Red apples glow as bright as rubies against the gentler shades of blue, green, and tan that dominate the line-and-watercolor illustrations. In the larger pictures, Root makes effective use of unusual partial borders, which begin as a frame for each full-page painting with a small motif related to the whole, and then gradually become part of the larger composition as the structured border fades away. It's sometimes difficult to tell fact from legend within the story, and the author's note, though helpful in this regard, is concerned with placing Johnny Appleseed in the context of his times rather than providing source notes or verification of details. From a pure storytelling point, however, the text has a fine, seamless quality, and the readers will find it a most appealing choice. Response to Two Professional Reviews: Adele Mujal was spot on by saying how this book does an amazing job of portraying all the good Johnny Appleseed did in the world and how he still has a huge impact on the world. As Carolyn Phelan states, the illustrations are breathtaking, with so much attention to detail and it truly makes the text come alive. There is also a lot of different attention to borders, every picture has a different size border and each picture has such a different shape and size. I do agree when Carolyn Phelan states that it is hard deciphering fact from legend because the author is constantly switching back and forth and added facts throughout. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The plot is very intricate in the story because Johnny Appleseed accomplished so much throughout his life and did so many things. The setting was constantly changing considering Johnny Appleseed traveled for the entirety of the story. Although, all of his actions were related to one another, toward the end of the legend it ended very fast and the details became hazy, most likely because the story ended in a death. There was not a lot of character development throughout the story; Johnny Appleseed always stayed true to his traditional, selfless ways no matter what people thought of him. Consideration of Instructional Application: An activity I would do with this book would be teaching about planting. I would have the students plant a seed, learn how to take care of it and watch it grow into a tree or plant. It would be something that the students work on taking care of and understand the importance of care taking to see the final result of hard work. I would also talk about taking care of yourself and your friends, as Johnny Appleseed always did to the people around him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Not such a fan of the illustrations, but I do like the straightforward story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karissa Youngblood

    This is a sweet story about a man who made is way across America, spreading love, joy and stories about God. Everywhere he went he would plant apple seeds and talk to people about being good and kind and all about his love for heaven. He was a true gentleman and was selfless and giving towards everybody he met. I think that this is a very good, historical book. It does a good job of telling his story and even includes some historical facts in the back of the book. I loved reading this book. Th This is a sweet story about a man who made is way across America, spreading love, joy and stories about God. Everywhere he went he would plant apple seeds and talk to people about being good and kind and all about his love for heaven. He was a true gentleman and was selfless and giving towards everybody he met. I think that this is a very good, historical book. It does a good job of telling his story and even includes some historical facts in the back of the book. I loved reading this book. This would be perfect to use in the classroom to not only teach American history but also to teach good values, such as being selfless, giving and thoughtful towards others.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Anderson

    This book was a simpler version of his life. With the version younger students might stay interested in learning! I think every one when they were younger read/ learned about Johnny Appleseed! I enjoyed this version. The words were really small and some of the pictures. With this being more for mature readers I do not think that would be a problem!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Will Thomas

    This is a wonderful tail if a man back in the pioneer days. it tells a unique story about a unique man. It is a well written book that keeps the reader interested in what happens next. The illustration by Kimberly Root are well done. they are not the greatest but they are interesting and go well with the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    A biography of Johnny Appleseed's life, this book was very informative and had great illustrations that just capture you as a reader. I could read this book to my class and know they would stay interested in the book and its content. I recommend this book as a read aloud for the classroom but also as an addition to your classroom library. A biography of Johnny Appleseed's life, this book was very informative and had great illustrations that just capture you as a reader. I could read this book to my class and know they would stay interested in the book and its content. I recommend this book as a read aloud for the classroom but also as an addition to your classroom library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    No one can really tell a 'true' 100% real story of these men (and women) who are our tall tales legends. This story of Johnny Appleseed are a little different than others I've read. This one includes his time with the Indians. It tells of how kind he was to the animals like not taking honey unless he knew the bees had enough for themselves, etc. This version was a nice one to read. No one can really tell a 'true' 100% real story of these men (and women) who are our tall tales legends. This story of Johnny Appleseed are a little different than others I've read. This one includes his time with the Indians. It tells of how kind he was to the animals like not taking honey unless he knew the bees had enough for themselves, etc. This version was a nice one to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abby Ueding

    This is the story of the pioneer Johnny Appleseed. It is informational and also has creative and eye catching illustrations. I would like to read this book in the fall when students are learning about apples.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Lawrence

    I think this is a good book to have in the classroom because the story of Johnny Appleseed is something that students should be familiar with. This is a simple read that tells how Johnny Appleseed came about.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I find this story great to have in the classroom because it is short and sweet and to the point of Johnny Appleseed's life. The illustrations could have been more detailed, but they did a good job of bringing this biography to life. I find this story great to have in the classroom because it is short and sweet and to the point of Johnny Appleseed's life. The illustrations could have been more detailed, but they did a good job of bringing this biography to life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3 and a half. Simple recap of the life of a favorite hero of American folklore.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    Simple retelling of the classic American folk hero:) Steven Kellogg's version is also excellent. Simple retelling of the classic American folk hero:) Steven Kellogg's version is also excellent.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    Not too long, not too short, and quite readable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    This book is beautiful, sweet, and definitely magical. Read it and weep! I did, anyway! :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    Yet another version of John Chapman's life, on the border of too long for a read aloud, with a spiritual flavor at the end. Author's note puts story into historical perspective. Yet another version of John Chapman's life, on the border of too long for a read aloud, with a spiritual flavor at the end. Author's note puts story into historical perspective.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    One of my childhood heroes. Lovely biography. (She was a children's librarian and wrote for young people.) One of my childhood heroes. Lovely biography. (She was a children's librarian and wrote for young people.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Bowser

    This was a short and simple recap of the all american hero. The book was short and to the point. However, it did not leave out any necessary detail! I would put this book in my classroom!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Loosely biographical tale.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Labonte

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Erler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela Montecalvo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

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