Happy Birthday Johnny

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Can You Put Candles in a Pie?

Monday is the birthday of John Chapman, known in American folklore as Johnny Appleseed for his efforts to propagate apple orchards across the country. Tonight the boys and I attended a Johnny Appleseed celebration hosted by our school district, where we got to measure, sort, wash, peel, eat, and paint with apples! 
An Apple a Day...
Is apparently what I should have been having. Tonight I am kicking myself for not having a "rainy day" review post ready to publish like a good blogger should. Am I alone in this? At any rate, I'm fighting some back-to-school bug and lack-luster in the energy department, so this will be a short and sweet post.
Birthday Suggestions
If you're going to celebrate Johnny Appleseed day, you might enjoy Steven Kellogg's version of the tall tale, Johnny Appleseed. The text is a pretty standard re-telling, but Kellogg's illustrations are (as usual) so detailed, vivid, and unique, that they invite further discussion and are a feast for the eyes. A recent library choice that turned out to be nice timing is The Apple Pie that Papa Baked, by Lauren Thompson. It tells the story of a pie's creation and baking from the daughter's perspective in the familiar cumulative style of "The house that Jack built."
I'm off to bed, but I do hope you'll share your own reviews and choices for the week. I'm resolved to catch up on my Feed Me Books link comments this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting back to the sites of some friends I've missed!


Ginny Marie September 23, 2011 at 4:58 AM  

I hope you are feeling better! I love Steven Kellogg, and was able to see him speak once. I love that cover from the Apple Pie that Papa Baked and will have to check it out! We're doing a unit on Johnny Appleseed in preschool next week. :)

Brimful Curiosities September 23, 2011 at 11:54 AM  

We're fighting colds here, too. Luckily we had a chance to pick apples last weekend when we were feeling well. :)

Jackie H. September 26, 2011 at 4:51 AM  

ooh! I love Steven Kellogg books too. My son loves the rhyme The House that Jack built and he is always making up silly renditions of it so I think he'll like the Apple Pie that Papa baked. My little guys are sick too. In fact, we had to cancel our trip to the apple orchard today. Hope you feel better!

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