Everyone knows the legend of Johnny Appleseed, the man from Massachusetts who planted apple trees all the way to California. But the true story of Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, is even greater than the legend. In deft and lyrical prose, Jane Yolen tells the whole story of an individual who forever changed the landscape of America.
Breathtaking paintings by award-winning artist Jim Burke illuminate the historical detail of this man's life while capturing all the magic and mystery of his legend.
About the Author
Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including fantasy, science fiction, and poetry, which earned her the moniker the American Hans Christian Andersen. Her titles include Odysseus in the Serpent Maze, The Dragon's Boy, and The Girl Who Loved the Wind. Jane Yolen divides her time between a farmhouse in Massachusetts and a house in Scotland.
Jim Burke has illustrated a number of children's picture books, including Take Me Out To The Ball Game by Jack Norworth and My Brothers' Flying Machine: Wilbur, Orville, and Me by Jane Yolen, which won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award and a Parents' Choice Gold Award. Jim has also won numerous accolades for his paintings, including a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York and citations in Communications Arts magazine. He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife and young daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Jane Yolen relates both fact and legend in this brief biographical piece about John Chapman", who we may all know as Johnny Appleseed. The author goes into detail telling the whole story of this adventurist guy who supposedly changed the landscape of America.
This is a wonderful story on a legendary figure. Students who have heard of Johnny Appleseed would be amazed to know that he was a real person. I liked how this book brought his story to life, and made sure to state the truth behind the story being told.