Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend

by Will Moses

Other authorsWill Moses (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2001



Local notes

921 APP




Philomel (2001), Edition: First Edition, 48 pages


Tells the true story of John Chapman, a man born in 1774 whose determination to explore the frontier planting apple trees wherever he roamed earned him the name, Johnny Appleseed.


Original language


Physical description

48 p.; 9.02 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member lleighton05
Genre: This book is an odd example of a legend because throughout the book, the narrator talks about how some of the story is true (a biography) but how other parts are a legend. However, the narrator intermixes the two types and so it is hard to understand what is true of Johnny
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Appleseed, and what is just part of the legend.
Point of view: This legend (story) is told in third person point of view, limited omniscient. It is different because the narrator sounds like he is actually talking. For example, in the story, he actually addresses the reader by saying "you." This makes it easier to stay engaged, but harder to understand because sometimes it is confusing of the "you" he is talking about.
Media: oil paints
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LibraryThing member LindseyBallard
This book is a common children's story about Johnny Appleseed. Johnny was a legend woodsman who talked to valves, wore crazy hats and left a trail of apple trees everywhere he went! He was a very kind hearted man, always trying to do what was right and to help others.

I enjoyed this book mainly
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because I have never heard the story of Johnny Appleseed. I have heard enough about him, but never was told the full story. I think this is a great legend to keep alive, even if it is stretched out a bit, it still teachers children to try and help people as much as they can!

For classroom extension, the teacher could gather and collect as many different apples as possible and bring them to class. She would slice them up and give students each a piece of every apple. The student could taste them all and document which one was their favorite and why. Students could also do reach about the different types of apples. They could make a cut-out of an apple and summarize the story inside the apple. Many extensions could be used for this one because it is so popular!
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LibraryThing member kaiserestates
Story give you the legend of Johnny Applesead in detail. Starts with where Johnny came from and takes you all the way through how he ended up as Johnny Appleseed. The story has a lot of vocabulary and a lot of words.
LibraryThing member ShaynaRivera1
This book is a very comprehensive look at the true life as well as the legend of Johnny Appleseed. His real name was Johnny Chapman. It follows his life from his childhood all the way to his death. He was a man who was very caring for all creatures,nature and humans, and it is expressed in this
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book cleverly.

I enjoyed the last part of this book the most. I did, however, think that it was a little long, because of the legend and the truth all in one story. I think it may take more than a couple sittings to absorb the book. Honestly the illustrations were a little scary looking but did portray him well. Overall it was an interesting book, I would just change a few things.

This book could be used for Johnny Appleseed week. I remember in my school we had those. It is fun to talk about him and what he did, as an activity can talk about what he really did opposed to what people told in tales. Also we could dicuss what a tale is and even have a psuedo-campfire storytelling session.
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LibraryThing member dmarie8
This book tells the life story and legend of Johnny Appleseed. It's a bit long, so it would be best read in chunks or left for students to read through during independent reading. This book would be best for first and second graders. There is just too much information and material here for
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kindergarteners. This would be an excellent book for a unit on apples, or a unit on tall tales.
Uses in classroom:
-Interactive read aloud
-Genre study
-Independent reading
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LibraryThing member BeckyPugh
Johnny Appleseed is a American Hero. I love his story. I love to teach his story to my students. This would be a great story to tell while teaching that unit. I own a copy of the book.
LibraryThing member lauraleerose
This book would be classified as realistic legends and myths. It is a fun story that would get kids fascinated by history. I would recommend it for older kids, maybe 4th or 5th grade because of the depth of the book.
LibraryThing member SkyD17
Johnny Appleseed was the story of a boy who grew up on a farm and loved the woods filled with apples. He grew up to travel and spread apple seeds around the country side. This is a good legend because it is about a real person but also isn't confirmed that it is a true story. I would use this for
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intermediate. Illustrations: watercolo
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½ (15 ratings; 3.7)
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