This is the story of an American folk hero John Chapman. People gave him the nick name Johnny Appleseed because he introduced and planted apple trees throughout the American Midwest.
John Chapman was born on 26 September 1774 in a small town of America. He was the second child of his parents.
John took his training as a nurseryman under Mr.Crawford who inspired him to plant apple trees.
''How wonderful it would be if there are apple trees everywhere for everyone.'' John thought.
He decided to fulfill his wish.
John left his home with a cooking pot on his head and an old coffee sack filled with apple seeds.
He wandered across the country barefoot. Whenever he found a suitable place he planted apple seeds there.
''There will be enough apples for everybody, no one will die of hunger.'' The noble hearted John wanted everyone to eat apples.
He walked from place to place, town to town and planted apple seeds.
"Look! He is the man who plants apple trees.", people used to exclaim happily when they saw john.They became so fond of him and called him Johnny Appleseed.
During his journey , Johnny Appleseed met many red Indians who became very good friends of him. Red Indians cared for Johnny and he helped them too.
Johnny spent all his life planting apple trees. He died in 1845 at the age of 70. But he is still alive due to his kind and generous deed of planting trees for others.
-American folktale Retold by Aunt Mary
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