Around the World with a Chilli – Fun Facts for Children

Another great free children’s story for older children by Story Weaver and Pratham.

Author: Nayan Chanda Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Sample Text and Images from Around the World with a Chilli

The sun had just dipped behind the coconut, mango and chiku trees that ring Appu’s house. The sky was still tinged with pink. The kitchen garden where the family grew brinjals, tomatoes and bottle gourd was still bathed in a soft light. Flocks of birds flew across the sky on their way home.

Appu’s mother was making fish curry for dinner and wanted some fresh green chillies. Twelve year old Appu had gone to the garden to pick some fully grown, shiny green chillies when he was startled to hear a deep voice, “I am

Appu’s hair stood on end. He turned around to see who had sneaked up on him. The heavy but soothing voice seemed to come out of the knee-high, leafy chilli plant. “Don’t be frightened, I am Ajar Uchu, known as the Spirit of Chillies,” it said.


“You water the plants every evening and take care of them. I am so happy to be loved and admired. I am tens of
thousands of miles away from home, and so your care means a lot to me.”
Appu took a few moments to recover from the shock of hearing a voice from the plant. Appu asked, “Where do you come from?”

Sample Text and Images from Page 7

In what is now Mexico there was an older civilization created by the Aztecs. They spoke a common language – Nahuatl. Some 700 years ago they organized themselves into an empire. They had developed a rich agriculture growing corn, chilli pepper, avocado and other fruits. They also grew fine cotton to weave beautiful clothes and had plentiful gold to make jewelry. In the middle of a lake they built Tenochtitlan, their capital city.




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