Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman

Esme Raji Codell (Author) Lynne Rae Perkins (Illustrator)


With one small seed every day, what good will you plant in the world? Johnny Appleseed--an American folk hero--changed our nation seed by seed, deed by deed, and now the acclaimed Esm Raji Codell and award-winning Lynne Rae Perkins celebrate his legendary life.

This beautiful biographical picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, and includes suggestions for celebrating John Chapman's birthday (September 26), apple craft ideas, and a recipe.

Why should we remember Johnny Appleseed today--more than two hundred years after he was born--and call him a hero? Why are the life and lessons of John Appleseed relevant to kids now? This extraordinary picture book from educator, librarian, and best-selling author Esme Raji Codell and award-winning illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins answers these questions and more--and challenges readers to follow the five footsteps John Chapman left behind:

1. Use what you have

2. Share what you have

3. Respect nature

4. Try to make peace where there is war

5. You can reach your destination by taking small steps

An insightful and friendly text, stunning mixed-media illustrations that combine wood, paper, paint, and fabric, and a winning mixture of information and inspiration make for a stellar picture book for all ages. Sure to be a classroom and seasonal favorite.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
August 21, 2012
9.85 X 0.33 X 11.08 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author

Esme Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. Even though she has already graduated from preschool, she still loves puppets, sharing, friends, snacks, and the occasional dinosaur. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website.

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of four other novels--All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, Nuts to You, and Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Frank and Lucky Get Schooled; The Broken Cat; Snow Music: Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.


"Vivacious watercolors . . . [reveal] that the best memories remain resplendent in the imagination."--School Library Journal
"Lilting text and . . . sumptuous landscapes."--New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Cardboard Piano: Kirkus Best Book CCBC Choice Horn Book Fanfare "Perkins's . . . watercolors reveal a range of underlying emotions in everyday moments."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Pictures from Our Vacation: School Library Journal Best Books "Perkins is exhilaratingly free in her approach to the picture book form."--Horn Book (starred review)
Praise for Snow Music: "Masterful and unique."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)