Johnny Appleseed
by Jodie Shepherd, illustrated by Masumi Furukawa

If you are looking for a cute and light first introduction to use on Johnny Appleseed Day, this is a great pick! Shepherd recounts the life of Johnny Appleseed starting with childhood, showing his deep interest in caring for nature and all living things. This effectively helps children relate to Johnny Appleseed, even when the story continues on to his adult life. Furukawa's soft illustrations are perfectly paired with the text--kid-friendy and drawn with a lighthearted touch. Together they make this a great picture book biography for very young students.

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Kindergarten - Grade 3
DRA Level:  20
Lexile Measure: 680L
Grade Level Equivalent:  3.2
Guided Reading Level:  L

Below are some spread from inside this book. The first spread shows the sweet, soft illustrations and the amount of text on each page.
The second spread talks about how young John Chapman (who became Johnny Appleseed) loved to be in nature, see the wild animals, and even help care for them if they were injured or ill. This caring, selfless characteristic was a key part of his life's work as an adult. 

Where to now?

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