Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Born in 1774, John Chapman is better known now as Johnny Appleseed. 'Why should we remember him today, more than two hundred years later, and call him a hero?' asks Codell, distilling the answer into five tenets Chapman lived by: 'Use what you have. Share what you have. Respect nature. Try to make peace where there is war. You can reach your destination by taking small steps.' In Codell's admiring prose, Chapman emerges as a kind of 18th-century American Francis of Assisi. Working mostly in watercolor and gouache, Perkins, too, knows how to use what she has: burlap, wooden planks, and embroidery make for a few showstopping spreads, underscoring the ingenuity and care Chapman was known for. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“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)
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)
Praise for The Cardboard Piano:Kirkus Best BookCCBC ChoiceHorn Book Fanfare“Perkinss . . . watercolors reveal a range of underlying emotions in everyday moments.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Lilting text and . . . sumptuous landscapes.” New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Esmé 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.