Friday, October 24, 2008

Johnny Appleseed

T'is the season for apples and the story of Johnny Appleseed. We love this version by husband and wife team Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet. It's actually a wonderful poem that was written in 1933 for A Book of Americans.
Here's a sample:
Of Jonathan Chapman
Two things are known
That he loved apples,
That he walked alone.
At seventy-odd
He was gnarled as could be,
But ruddy and sound
As a good apple tree.
S.D. Schindler did an amazing job illustrating this book. His work is intricate, warm and sweet. He has illustrated over 100 books and although I was unable to find his website to see more of his art, I did find this cute image, Catwings from an exhibit of his work that runs now through January 18, 2009 at the Kenosha Museum in Wisconsin. Now I want to get these!


  1. I was reading a quick Catwings review and it reminded me of the Puffin Classics that are now available for 4.99 each. I started reading Anne of Green Gables aloud. Lauren Child illustrated the cover and wrote the intro in this edition.
    (search puffin classics)

  2. I love Anne of Green Gables. That's a Great cover she illustrated!
    Thanks for the Puffin tip. Now I have a few more to add to my growing wish list.
    hello, santa?


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