What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Lynne Rae Perkins

h1 October 5th, 2012 by jules

A portion of the back jacket illustration from Seed by Seed
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about David Ezra Stein’s Because Amelia Smiled. Ah. So good. Go read it and smile. (That link is here.)

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Last week, I wrote about Esmé Raji Codell’s Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman, illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins. That link is here.

Today is a bit more art from the book.


“Tall buildings, stores, and parking lots. Buses and cars speeding by. Red lights and green lights and yellow lights and white lights. Our country is hard and electrical
and moving. But it was not always this way.”

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“Chapman dressed in coffee and potato sacks or wore used clothing that was given to him by people trading for his trees. Some say he carried his tin cooking pot on his head like a hat. He had a style all his own.”
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“It is said that John Chapman used his open shirt as a pouch to carry his books.
It is also said that he ripped books into chapters in order to circulate them between settlers. He liked to gather children and their families around him and delight them with a story time, ‘news right fresh from heaven.’
In this way, he was the frontier’s first librarian!”

(Click to enlarge cover)

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SEED BY SEED: THE LEGEND AND LEGACY OF JOHN “APPLESEED” CHAPMAN. Copyright © 2012 by Esmé Raji Codell. Illustrations © 2012 by Lynne Rae Perkins. Published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, New York. Illustrations used with permission of the publisher.

One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Lynne Rae Perkins”

  1. Wow, absolutely stunning art. I’ve been meaning to buy this book, now I KNOW I’ve got to get to it!

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