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.
IS REMOVED, AN APPLE WON’T ROT. ONE WAY PIONEERS DRIED APPLE SLICES WAS BY PLACING THEM IN A SMALL ROOM CALLED A “DRYHOUSE.” A WOOD FIRE DRIED THE APPLES, WHICH LAY ON SHELVES MADE OF SCREENS. ANOTHER WAY WAS BY SETTING APPLE SLICES ON OUTDOOR TABLES TO DRY IN THE SUN. WASPS AND BEES HELPED SUCK THE JUICE OUT OF THEM! PIONEERS TIED THEIR DRIED APPLES TOGETHER ON STRINGS AND HUNG THEM FROM THE KITCHEN CEILING UNTIL NEEDED FOR COOKING. Chapter 3 Planting the First Seeds When he was twenty-three
many people through his travels that he became more and more well-known. Everyone who saw him remembered him. People who had never met him claimed they had, and made up stories about him. Pioneer families who knew him told his adventure stories to others. Some of the stories got exaggerated as they were passed around. The legend of Johnny Appleseed grew, as tall tales about him spread. A tall tale is a story with exaggeration, adventure, and humor. Real-life problems get solved easily in funny,
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
stay overnight in their cabins. Even when they offered him a bed, he insisted on sleeping on the cabin floor or outside on the ground. Sleeping outdoors was one of Johnny’s favorite things to do. He covered himself with a blanket of leaves to keep warm. If the weather was bad, he would quickly build a crude hut or sleep in a hollow tree. During his visits, Johnny read aloud from books he always carried. They were written by a man named Emanuel Swedenborg. The New Church was created to follow his
first! Johnny didn’t like fighting. If a settler wanted to fight, Johnny challenged him to a tree-chopping contest instead. At the end, the settler was too tired to be mad anymore. It was also a way to clear more land. If Native Americans wanted to fight with him, he tried to hide. Once he escaped a group of Native Americans by lying down in a shallow creek for hours! THE CONSTITUTION THE WAR ENDED IN 1815. BY THEN, MOST OF THE TRIBES HAD BEEN FORCED FROM THEIR LAND IN OHIO. ALL THE FIGHTING