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Seed by Seed by Esmé Raji Codell

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Seed by Seed by Esmé Raji CodellSeed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman by Esmé Raji Codell

Illustrator: Lynne Rae Perkins
Find the Author: Website, Blog
ISBN: 0061455156
Genres: Juvenile Fiction
Published by Greenwillow Books on August 21st 2012
Pages: 32
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Seed by Seed Review 

Why should we remember Johnny Appleseed today—more than two hundred years after he was born—and call him a hero? Why are the life and lessons of John Appleseed relevant to kids now? This extraordinary picture book answers these questions and more and challenges readers to follow the five footsteps John Chapman left behind: 1. Use what you have 2. Share what you have 3. Respect nature 4. Try to make peace where there is war 5. You can reach your destination by taking small steps. An insightful and friendly text, stunning mixed-media illustrations that combine wood, paper, paint, and fabric, and a winning mixture of information and inspiration make for a stellar picture book for all ages. Includes suggestions for celebrating John Chapman’s birthday (September 26), apple craft ideas, and a recipe.

This is an interesting and long book. Not quite like a storybook although it does start out that way, this is more of a miniature encyclopedia to my thinking with page after page of fact and detail (be it legend, fact or myth). The illustrations are wondrous to the eye and enjoyable to look at and my favorite page is one that is embroidery with words around and in it. Johnny Appleseed is always a great learning theme for school and I’m glad to have discovered another book for our shelf. I enjoyed this Advanced Reader Copy, and I’ll have to see about getting us a real copy for a keeper.

(In my notes I just discovered a second review written for this…)Johnny Appleseed Legend ReviewSeed by Seed Johnny Appleseed Review Johnny Appleseed poem

I love this book. The details are full and presented in a very interesting manner. The illustrations are beautiful and they are shown in various methods including cross stitch and wood cuts. This biography on Johnny Appleseed is full of details from his birth to his death. Two kids are learning about Johnny Appleseed and their imaginations take them back in time where they can learn and walk side by side in his work. The moral given for this story is how Johnny Appleseed lived by example step by step and day by day. Pressing and prompting kids to make a difference in their own modern world.

About Esmé Raji Codell

Esmé Raji Codel

Esmé Raji Codell is a true Johnny Appleseed aficionado and celebrates his birthday with her family and students every autumn. She is a librarian, teacher, reading specialist, and the author of several best-selling books, including Educating Esmé and It’s Time for Preschool, illustrated by Sue Ramá. You can visit her online at www.planetesme.com.

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