Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed
Originally uploaded by snow41
I've always liked the story of Johnny Appleseed. His real name was John Chapman and he traveled around the country giving away apple seeds.

I was cruising around Flickr and found this picture that someone had taken. I really like this picture because it seems to depict the character of Johnny himself. It is said that when he traveled all around, he camped out and used his cooking pot for a hat. I have had my story time kids come to story time with a pot on their heads. Preschoolers wearing a pot on their heads is a delightful sight! They have no idea why they are doing it but it is fun. It gives me a way to tell preschoolers who and what Johnny did. His birthday is coming up this Saturday so eat an apple or give away apple seeds in his honor!

The other part of Johnny Appleseed that I like is that he is said to be a friend to animals. One story I read tells of a time that when he was camping out he saw a mosquito fly into his campfire and die. He immediately put out his fire because he didn't want any creature to die for his comfort. What a guy!

A fun thing to do this weekend would be to bake an apple pie and tell your friends and family about Johnny Appleseed.

Joke of the day: What mountain would Johnny Appleseed be most likely to climb?
Answer: APPLE-ACHIA!! ;)

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