The Sun, the Rain, and the Apple Seed: A Novel of Johnny Appleseed's Life by Lynda Durrant.
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Company: NY, 2003.

This is a fascinating depiction of an American hero who planted apple seeds in the wilderness so that those coming after would have food to sustain them in the winter. He risked illness and death from the cold winters so that others might have food. All he asked in return was friendship, a little hospitality, and help gathering seeds to take back into the wilderness. His message was clear. If they would only plant the seeds from the apples harvested, they could help more neighbors to have plenty.

I am sure many people at the time thought he was a bit crazy, and many would now as well. But possibly he was thinking more clearly than those judging him. He was driven by his mission and lived in a way I would not wish to live personally. But he managed too carry on, and there is no doubt he helped many. It is too bad there are not more people like him.

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