Johnny Appleseed

Title: Johnny Appleseed


Bibliography: Zorn, J. (1992). Johnny Appleseed. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press.


Annotation: John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was a kind man that was born near Boston, Massachusetts in 1775. He was a religious man and worked as a missionary. One night, when he was twenty-six years old, an angel came to him and told him to plant apple trees so that the settlers moving west would have something to eat. He lived off of only the land and what he could trade for his apple seeds, often wearing a pot as a hat and tethered clothes. He did his best to keep peace between the Indians and the settlers.


Genre: Historical Fiction


Grade Level: 3-5


Readers who will like this book: This classic American folktale fabulously incorporates history and fiction. The story of Johnny Appleseed appeals to anyone looking for a bit of America history.


Personal Response and rating: 3; although I was always fond of the story of Johnny Appleseed, this version just did not appeal to me. The illustrations and textbook-style denotation made the folktale a less enjoyable read.


Question: Have you ever done a simple act of kindness, you because? Have you ever worked hard to protect something you care about?