Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman- Esme Raji Codell (Illustrator) Lynne Rae Perkins

10 Oct

A positive message told through the legend and legacy of Johnny Appleseed

In this book, the fast paced world we live in is put on hold to tell the tale of Johnny Appleseed. Using the life and examples that John “Appleseed” Chapman set in his travels across America planting apple trees, a wider moral story is told among the bright and uniquely illustrated pages.

Part fact, part fiction, the tale of Johnny Appleseed’s travels across the United States usually focuses solely on apples.  In Seed by Seed, a more in depth look at the man, John Chapman, provides a greater detailed account of his deeds and the influence he had on shaping the nation in his small way. Primarily by leaving five examples to follow: Use what you have, share what you have, respect nature, try to make peace where there is war, and you can reach your destination by taking small steps.

Codell uses these examples to highlight some of the lesser known details of what Chapman did during his lifetime. As she shifts the focus away from apples and towards the strong moral man he was, children learn of his love of nature and animals, his storytelling and books he shared, and his relationship between Native Americans and the pioneers.

Recommended for readers age 4-8.

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is known by many school children, although I believe that number is currently declining, and Codell does a great job of reviving his legend. The message is clear. Johnny Appleseed is not just a legend,but a real man who made a difference in the world seed by seed, and deed by deed.

Included are some fun apple inspiredactivities to celebrate the anniversary of John “Appleseed” Chapman and an apple pie recipe.

Check out this > video clip < of Johnny Appleseed, originally a sequence in Disney‘s Melody time in 1948, then independently released later, and also included on the DVD Disney’s American Legends in 2012.


Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos


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2 responses to “Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman- Esme Raji Codell (Illustrator) Lynne Rae Perkins


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