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This "polished blend of fact and fiction" (Publisher's Weekly) is a concise retelling of the life of Johnny Appleseed, from his 1774 birth in Massachusetts to his travels throughout the countryside, spreading apple seeds and colorfully told adventure and Bible stories.
There is a fair amount of text per page, but the illustrations are "brimming with the lush detail for which Kellogg has become famous" (School Library Journal) and will therefore keep your students engaged while you read the text on each spread.
This title is the third book in
Steven Kellogg's tall tale trio. The other two books in the series are
written about tall
tale characters Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyon.
Our students love all books by Steven Kellogg. We read this book as a read aloud, as well as Millions to Measure and Best Friends and the Missing Mitten Mystery and Pinkterton series books and more. And after we read them to the class, we put them in our class libraries, and it never fails -- the kids always pick them up during independent reading so that they can pour over all the details. Kids love these books!
Interest Level: Grade 2-4
DRA Level: 40
Lexile Measure: 920
Grade Level Equivalent: 4.7
Guided Reading Level: Q
Read-Aloud vs. Individual Reading:
For kids in second and third grade, this book will need to be a read-aloud rather than for individual reading, as children generally do not read on the reading level (difficulty level) of this book until the end of third grade. The majority of fourth graders should be able to read this book independently.
of Steven Kellogg's other books will immediately recognize his
trademark luminous, highly detailed illustrations. This
spread at right occurs near the beginning of the book, when a young
John Chapman is picking apples in his family's Massachusetts orchard
a boy. The final sentence of the text reads "John loved to watch the
spring blossoms slowly
turn into the glowing fruit of autumn."
We found two Pinterest boards that are FULL of fun, cute, educational activities to do about Johnny Appleseed. You could use this book as a lead in, to teach kids about John Chapman and his life, and then do one of the many activities that are listed on these curated lists:Johnny Appleseed Activities list #1
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