Who Was Johnny Appleseed?
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The perfect biography to "bite into" at the start of a new school year! Children are sure to be fascinated by the eccentric and legendary Johnny Appleseed, a man who is best known for bringing apple trees to the midwest. Over John Chapman’s lifetime, he saw the country grow and start to spread westward. Traveling alone— in bare feet and sporting a pot on his head!—Johnny left his own special mark planting orchards that helped nourish new communities. His journeys and adventures are illustrated in a hundred black-and-white illustrations.
AREA HAD A SCHOOL, THE SCHOOLHOUSE WAS USUALLY ONLY ONE ROOM IN WHICH STUDENTS OF ALL AGES WERE TAUGHT READING, WRITING, AND MATH. STUDENTS USUALLY HAD TO BRING THEIR OWN BOOKS, CALLED PRIMERS, READERS, OR SPELLERS. NOAH WEBSTER’S AMERICAN SPELLING BOOK, PUBLISHED IN 1783, CONTAINED LISTS OF VOCABULARY WORDS AND STORIES THAT TAUGHT GOOD BEHAVIOR. IF THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH PRIMERS, STUDENTS LEARNED FROM A HORNBOOK. A HORNBOOK WAS A WOODEN PADDLE THAT HELD A PIECE OF PAPER ON EACH SIDE. A
deer and other animals from nibbling on his trees. Each spring and summer, he tended his orchards. He also chose sites for new orchards. He cleared the land, chopping shrubs and pulling weeds. He tilled the soil, then carefully planted apple seeds. Squirrels and mice always ate some of the seeds before they could sprout. But he didn’t mind. He left the seeds to grow and came back later to check on them. All year long, Johnny was also a traveling salesman. He went door-to-door, visiting
SEEDS. BLOSSOMS CANNOT POLLINATE THEMSELVES. THEY NEED HONEYBEES TO HELP SPREAD THE POLLEN FROM BLOSSOM TO BLOSSOM. Chapter 5 The Apple Business Grows In 1800, the census counted 5.3 million people in the United States. Pennsylvania was getting too crowded to suit Johnny. When he was twenty-six, he led a horse across the Pennsylvania border into Ohio. It was carrying a load of apple seeds. He planted his first Ohio orchard near the town of Carrollton. He would plant many more orchards in north
amazing ways. Each group of workers in the old west had a tall-tale hero that made what they did look easy. Paul Bunyan was a logger. He helped settlers clear forestland for farms and cabins. Paul Bunyan was so strong he could pull trees from the ground with his bare hands, even when he was a baby! As a boy, Paul Bunyan rescued a blue ox from a snowstorm. He named it Babe, and Babe became his lifelong best buddy. Pecos Bill was a Texas cowboy. According to the legend, his parents moved west
PATTERN AT ITS CORE. EACH OF THE FIVE SECTIONS HOLDS EITHER ONE OR TWO SEEDS. SO THERE ARE BETWEEN FIVE AND TEN SEEDS IN AN APPLE. To learn more about Johnny Appleseed or about apples, visit these sites: The Johnny Appleseed Society and Museum Bailey Hall Urbana University 579 College Way Urbana, OH 43078 www.urbana.edu/appleseed.htm The Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center and Outdoor Historical Drama www.jahci.org The U.S. Apple Association www.usapple.org Ohio Apples www.ohioapples.org New