Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh. il by Kathy Jakobsen.
Little, Brown and Company: Boston, 1990.

I've seen this poem by Lindbergh a few times at our local library, mostly years ago. The illustrations always beckon me. The quilted old-timey feeling. The textures and details are alluring. Even more tiny details await perusal on the borders of the pages.

The poem is an awe-inspiring way to introduce young ones to the legend and legacy of Johnny Appleseed. Here in Maine, all things apple are popular. No wonder, with the old trees that grow along our roadsides and even hide within the forests where old homesteads have disappeared. This poem is a tribute to the pioneers and an incredible man who helped them to survive their difficult lives. It is amazing to know that he did much of what was claimed. The apple trees in Maine evoke a sense of history and a tie to those times. This poem is dripping with that sense. It is also in recognition of the apple itself with reminders of the glorious plant, the beauty of it and its bounty. A reminder also that all it takes is a little tending of the earth to achieve such bounty.

related-Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, apple growers, tree growers, frontier and pioneer life, husbandry, stories in rhyme
RL=1st-2nd, read aloud to toddler-1st

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