Saturday, January 7, 2012

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh and Kathy Jakobsen

There are many book about John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed, and this beautiful poetic tribute to him is an enjoyable read. The poetic narrative relates the story of his crusade to spread apple seeds from Masachusetts to America's Midwest. This version shows Johnny to be a gentle, religious with a genuine interest in the environment. The story is told through the eyes of Hannah Goodwin who observed his unusual career over the course of her lifetime. The full-paged and detailed folk art illustrations by Kathy Jakobsen complement the quilt pattern borders on the facing pages of text. The illustrations really warrant close attention as they hold many secrets.

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