Folks Call Me Appleseed John by Andrew Glass

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There are many tall tales about Johnny Appleseed. Most tell of his courage, generosity, and potent green thumb. Many people don't know that the real Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, was a tale spinner himself.

One story John loved to tell was about the time his half brother, Nathaniel, came to live with him. Nathaniel, who was used to a comfortable life in Massachusetts, was not exactly well suited for rough living in the wilderness of northwestern Pennsylvania with his free-spirited brother. He certainly did not expect to find John dressed in a burlap sack with a mush pot on his head, living in a hollow sycamore tree. John had to bail Nathaniel out of trouble more than once.

This homespun, comical story brings out the compassion, humor, and independent spirit of this quintessentially American hero. Andrew Glass's exquisitely rendered oil paintings capture the dramatic beauty of western Pennsylvania in the early nineteenth century and the pioneer spirit of the people who opened the American West.


About Andrew Glass

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Andrew Glass is the author-illustrator of Folks Call Me Appleseed John, The Sweetwater Run, and Bad Guys. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 1, 1995 by Doubleday. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His adventures with animals and Native Americans are fun enough, but even more entertaining is the way they're told, with a real old-time, storytelling flair, full of ten-dollar words, fancy figures of speech, and philosophical asides, all comically cobbled together.

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Johnny Appleseed himself narrates this tall tale of some winter adventures on the frontier with Nathaniel, his young half-brother from Massachusetts.

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