In the middle of the galaxy is a planet like no other. Everybody calls it the Orange Planet.
The Orange Planet has orange skies, orange land, and orange seas. Everything on it is orange, the houses, the buildings, the cars. Even the creatures living in it are orange! These creatures are called the O-reens. Everyday, the O-reens can be seen working. Some O-reens work at factories, some O-reens drive trucks, and some O-reens build houses.
“Work, work, work! Dit-dit-ditit!” sing the O-reens as they work.
The Orange Planet is truly a rich planet because the O-reens are hard-working creatures! The O-reens must be really happy, but, they aren’t. The O-reens are sad because all their children are sick.
“Du-du-du-du!” cry the little O-reens.
The O-reens do not know what to do so they called upon the Galaxy Fairy to help them.
“Galaxy Fairy, please help our little O-reens get well. They are sick and we do not know what to do. Galaxy Fairy, please help us. Dit-dit-ditit.”
The O-reens all closed their eyes in prayer, and when their eyes opened, they saw the Galaxy Fairy in front of them. The Galaxy Fairy looked enchanting especially with the five magical creatures surrounding her. Around the Galaxy Fairy are the purest creatures. The O-reens are in awe as they look upon the enchanted dove, monkey, snake, carabao, and frog. This is the first time the O-reens have seen such strange beasts.
“My beloved O-reens, do not cry. With my magic beasts, I will explore your planet to discover your problem. Do not worry, I will help you,” the Galaxy Fairy told the O-reens as she disappears from their sight.
The Galaxy Fairy traveled around the Orange Planet with the magic beasts. From above, the Galaxy Fairy could see the O-reens working, working, working, and the little ones, crying, crying, crying.
“Go, my magic beasts! Go and find out why the little O-reens are crying! Go!”
The magic beasts left and circled the Orange Planet. The Galaxy Fairy went back down to the O-reens. In a twinkle, the magic beasts returned. Each of the enchanted creatures approached the Galaxy Fairy, to share what it has learned about the Orange Planet.
The enchanted dove, with its chirping voice, sang,
“Tweetweetweet! Because of the sun, the skies turned orange. The heat harms the little O-reens. Something must be done! Tweetweetweet!”
“Hmmmnnn!” the Galaxy Fairy thanked the enchanted dove, and it flew away. And then she turned to the enchanted monkey who has been itching all along.
The enchanted monkey, scratching its head, cries,
“Hu-hu! The trees are orange because the leaves are gone. There are no shades to cover the little O-reens as they play. Something must be done! Hu-hu!”
“Hmmmnnn!” the Galaxy Fairy thanked the enchanted monkey, and it ran away. And then she turned to the enchanted snake who has been hissing all along.
The enchanted snake, down on the ground, hissed,
“Hssssssss. The land is orange because there are no more minerals in the land. The soil is dead. The little O-reens can’t run because of the cracks. Something must be done! Hssssssss.”
“Hmmmnnn!” the Galaxy Fairy thanked the enchanted snake, and it glided away. And then she turned to the enchanted carabao who has been wiggling its tail all along.
The enchanted carabao, with its shiny horn, said,
“Hoo. There are no grass in the fields. The plants are all dying. There are no flowers for the little O-reens to smell. Something must be done! Hoo.”
“Hmmmnnn!” the Galaxy Fairy thanked the enchanted carabao, and it walked away. And then she turned to the enchanted frog who has been jumping all along.
The enchanted frog, with its big round eyes, whispered,
“Ribbit. There are no fish in the sea. The lakes are dirty and the ponds are muddy. There are no clear waters where the little O-reens could swim. Something must be done! Ribbit. Ribbit.”
The Galaxy Fairy thanked the enchanted frog, and it jumped away. And then she turned to the O-reens who have been listening all along.
“Alas! I know now what to do!”
The Galaxy Fairy waved her wand, and lifted all the orange that surround the planet. The skies turned blue, the seas became clear, the lands became rich, plants began to grow, and all kinds of flowers started to bloom. The little O-reens stopped crying and everybody jumped with joy.
The Galaxy Fairy bid the O-reens farewell and said, “I have healed your planet for now, but you must learn your lesson. Love everything – trees, plants, air, the soil, the waters. Take care of your new planet, my beloved O-reens, and it will take good care of you.”
And so, the O-reens did take care of the Orange Planet which today, by the way, is no longer orange but Blue.
I wrote this as an entry to a children’s storybook writing competition.