Johnny Appleseed:
A Tale Retold

by Steven Kellogg

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.

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Grade 2-4         DRA Level:   40                Lexile Measure: 920
Grade Level Equiv:  4.7            Guided Reading:  Q

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Fans 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 as a boy. The final sentence of the text reads "John loved to watch the spring blossoms slowly turn into the glowing fruit of autumn."

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