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.
About the Author
Esme Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. Even though she has already graduated from preschool, she still loves puppets, sharing, friends, snacks, and the occasional dinosaur. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website.
Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of two other novels--All Alone in the Universe, a companion to Criss Cross, and As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. The author, who loves peanut butter, lives with her family in northern Michigan, land of forests and squirrels.
“Lilting text and . . . sumptuous landscapes.”
-New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Cardboard Piano:Kirkus Best BookCCBC ChoiceHorn Book Fanfare“Perkins’s . . . watercolors reveal a range of underlying emotions in everyday moments.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Pictures from Our Vacation:School Library Journal Best Books“Perkins is exhilaratingly free in her approach to the picture book form.”
-Horn Book (starred review)
“Vivacious watercolors . . . [reveal] that the best memories remain resplendent in the imagination.”
-School Library Journal
Praise for Snow Music:“Masterful and unique.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)