Seed by Seed by Esme Raji Codell
The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman

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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.


About Esme Raji Codell

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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
Published August 21, 2012 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sources and acknowledgments appear on the title-page verso, while a final page offers suggestions for celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s September 26 birthday, including a simple apple pie recipe and the graceful Swedenborgian hymn many children will know as "the Johnny Appleseed song."

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Born in 1774, John Chapman is better known now as Johnny Appleseed.

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Maybe someday you might eat an apple from a seed from one of his apple trees.

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