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Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed is a legendary person in American history. He isn’t famous for being a politician, academic, or businessman. His real name was John Chapman; however, he became known as Johnny Appleseed because he crossed the frontier of America during the 1800s, planting apple trees wherever he went.

Johnny Appleseed was born in 1794 in Massachusetts. When he was 18, he left home and traveled west across Pennsylvania and into Ohio. Wherever he went, he planted apple orchards. He is known for being a well-liked man whom the American Indians came to respect as well. Legends and stories about him have circulated through the years. Some stories may not be true; however, what is known is that he was beloved and Americans came to appreciate him for planting so many fruit trees in their homeland.

If you would like to read more about him, several books have been written. Here is one published by Scholastic Press. Click on the photo above to order it through

If you would like to hear the book read aloud, click here. To learn a song about Johnny Appleseed, click on the video below:
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