"johnny apple" by katie hargrave at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

September 26: National Johnny Appleseed Day

It is National Johnny Apple Seed Day. Johnny Apple Seed is celebrated each year on his Johnny Chapman’s birthday, September 26. He is known for his kind and generous ways and fascinating life.

"johnny apple" by katie hargrave at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of katie hargrave at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Chapman was an American pioneer who introduced apple trees to many parts of the United States; areas such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and more. He was a pioneer that traveled west carrying a leather bag from which he drop and planted apple seeds as he traveled. The trees planted served many purposes although did not initially bear fruit. He is also known for his story telling and love of animals. He was said to be a follower of the New Church (Swedenborgian) and spread their faith as he traveled.

Chapman has developed into a folk hero after his death. He is known by children and adults for his kind ways and his planting of apple seeds.

Today we will read Johnny Appleseed by Stephen Benet (Author), Rosemary Benet (Author), S.D. Schindler (Illustrator) and make some apple crafts. We may make an apple pie too. Yum!!!

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How will you celebrate Johnny Apple Seed Day?

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