But wait. So what? Why should we remember him and read about him and think about him and talk about him today, more than two hundred years after he was born? Why should we call him a hero?
Esme Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.
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 three other novels All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.
“Lilting text and . . . sumptuous landscapes.” -New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Cardboard Piano:Kirkus Best BookCCBC ChoiceHorn 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)
“Vivacious watercolors . . . [reveal] that the best memories remain resplendent in the imagination.” -School Library Journal
Praise for Snow Music:“Masterful and unique.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)