illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
His real name was John Chapman. He grew apples. But wait. So what? Why should we remember him and read about him and think about him and talk about him today,
more than two hundred years after he was born?
Why should we call him a hero? Esme Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.
We love how the kids slowly go back in time to Johnny Appleseed's time. In fact, the illustrations are probably our favorite part of the biography. It isn't our top pick in this category because it can be pretty hard to follow for young kids.
The publisher lists this book as for preschool - 3rd grade. We'd probably ammend that to 2nd - 4th grade, as the poetic text makes this book unsuitable for a first/early introduction to the man.
That said, we do really like the illustrations, especially the beginning where the children slowly transition back in time:
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