Who was John Chapman?

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Who was John Chapman?

'Seed by Seed'

Seed by Seed Book Cover PhotoFall is here and in addition to admiring the bright colors of the trees as they change, we indulge in a lot of fun activities that include apples. For example, you may love making and eating treats, like apple pie, cider and candied apples. You probably also heard the name Johnny "Appleseed", but what do you know about him?

Seed by Seed: The legend and legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman
by Esmé Raji Codell is a short biography picture book for young readers, which tells the story and legend of Johnny "Appleseed." It sets the facts apart from what may be the truth but stretched a bit. Although though some of the story of John Chapman may be legend, the message about the way he tried to live his life is inspiring for any young person who wants to pursue endeavors to help the world be a better place for all to live in. The book will also share with you why they call Johnny Appleseed the frontier's first librarian.

To learn more about Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman and his life or get ideas for fun apple activities, visit author Esmé Raji Codell's website for information and resources. And if you really want to celebrate Johnny "Appleseed” Chapman, go out and do a good deed for another person on his birthday, Sept. 26!