Bees

Written by Preston

Once upon a time, there were some aliens looking for bees in a forest. The forest was bright and sunny and the trees looked like honeycombs. The aliens ate bees from the honeycomb trees because they gave them energy. 

Suddenly, there was a really loud “zooooom” and a rocket ship landed in the forest, breaking some of the trees. The aliens were so scared and surprised! Other aliens climbed out of the rocket ship. They looked scary, with water pouring out from their teeth and big, yellow eyes. These were bad aliens. The good aliens recognized them because the bad aliens had come to their planet before to try and steal their things.

First, the bad aliens tried to steal the good aliens’ clothing by ripping them off of them. The good aliens all wore blue t-shirts. These shirts allowed the aliens who guarded the honeycombs to recognize the good aliens, then they’d let them into the honeycomb forest. The bad aliens wanted the shirts so that they could sneak into the honeycomb forest.

The good aliens told the bad aliens that if they wanted to share their clothes, all they had to do was ask. But the bad aliens didn’t want to do that, they still wanted to take the clothes by force, so the good aliens gave up and offered them the clothes. But once the bad aliens left with their clothes, the good aliens called the guards and warned them that the bad aliens were on the way.

The bad aliens tried to trick the guards by pretending they were the good aliens in blue shirts, but that didn’t work. So they disguised themselves even more by covering themselves with mud and wearing sunglasses to hide their scary skin and big yellow eyes. That worked! The guards let them into the honeycomb forest.

The bad aliens were so hungry, so they tried to eat the bees in the honeycomb. The bees didn’t like that. Some of them flew away, and some of them stayed to fight and tried to sting the bad aliens. The stinging slowed the bad aliens down, but it didn’t stop them because they were so powerful. The bad aliens managed to eat three bees each.

Suddenly, the bad aliens started squirming! Steam came out of their ears. Their teeth started to get shorter. The aliens were groaning and moaning in agony. Their skin started to turn blue! They tried to take off the blue shirts but they couldn’t because the shirts were turning into blue skin. The aliens’ eyes grew white and small. The aliens were a little bit confused. They looked at each other to try and understand what happened. 

They realized that they’d transformed into good aliens and they were happy about that because on this planet there was lots of good food and water. The other good aliens were also happy because now they didn’t have to worry about fighting the bad aliens.

There was one last bad alien who didn’t eat any bees and didn’t transform. The bad alien tried to fight by punching his way through the crowd so that he could run back to the rocketship to get away. This alien was scared about transforming into a good alien. But the good aliens surrounded the bad alien. 

One of the good aliens told the bad alien, “Please try eating a bee.” 

The bad alien decided to do it and transformed into a good alien. At the end of the transformation, the good alien handed them a shirt so that they finally looked just like the rest of the good aliens.

All of the aliens cleaned up the forest and repaired the trees that were broken by the rocketship. They all lived happily ever after on the good planet.

Our Upcoming Fundraiser, Looking for Baristas and our Alpha Workshop with The Mabin School

As many of you know, we are revamping the Intergalactic Travel Authority to make it as cool as it can be. We want to make our space a truly galactic destination that’ll draw travellers from all over the universe and inspire them to tell their friends about it, too.

We’re are currently meeting with art designers and set decorators to fine-tune the look and feel of the space and planning a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the changes. We have some awesome people helping (thank you if you are one of them!) and, if you’d like to lend a hand, here are the areas we could use some help with:

  • Visual space and an immersive environment including use of video and audio
  • Retail business and sales
  • Coffee shop business and sales
  • Events and space rentals
  • Communications

Thank you to everyone who’s been so helpful so far in this process!

Under the Portal Fundraising Event

Under the portal

We’re hosting a fundraiser at Story Planet on Feb 26 with readings, live music by Gavin Gardiner and Edwin Huizinga from The Wooden Sky, wine and beer from Double Trouble Brewing.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase tickets in store or online at storyplanet.ca starting Tuesday, February 10 at 10am.

All proceeds from this event will go toward funding Story Planet’s unique writing and arts programming for kids and teens.

This is a licensed event.

Looking for Baristas to Work in Our Coffee Shop

We’re looking for people who’d like to volunteer as baristas at the Intergalactic Travel Authority. You’ll have fun, get to see how Story Planet works and learn a new life skill!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience. We’ll train you! Email Liz (liz@storyplanet.ca) with “Barista” in the subject line for more details.

Our Alpha Workshop with The Mabin School

Last Friday, the grade 4 class from The Mabin Scool came by for an Alpha Workshop. At first, they were totally opposed to writing about romance… but then they ended up writing a beautiful love story about an elephant and a ladybug!

Volunteering on Mondays, Story Club and Mindfulness for Teens Starting next Week

We’re very excited to announce that Story Club is starting back up this week! There’s something about collaborating with people from different parts of the galaxy that make creating that much more fun!
Speaking of collaborating… if you’re interested in volunteering or helping to facilitate our after-school programming on Mondays, let us know!

Story Club

Toronto skyline illustration

Story Club is taking off this Thursday! For the next 6 weeks, the intergalactic travel experts at Story Planet in Toronto and the in-house superheroes from 826NYC in Brooklyn will be working together to publish a duel-city travel guide: The Young Astronaut’s Guide to Toronto/The Young Superhero’s Guide to New York. It’s a truly unique project that we’re absolutely over the moon about!
Story Club is designed for students in grades 3-8 and space is limited. If you’re interested in this program, contact Joe at joe@storyplanet.ca to find out more.

Mindfulness for Teens

Starting next Thursday, February 12, a 5-week introductory mindfulness practice workshop for teens between the ages of 14 and 19 will be running in our space. During this workshop, teens will learn mindfulness practices that will be helpful them manage stress, improve attention and focus and increase overall well being.

The program will be run by Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW, a clinical social worker who has offered numerous mindfulness groups and workshops for teens, adults, children and families. Follow this link to find out more information about this workshop or to register.

Story Planet is not running this program, but we are happy that it is happening in our space!

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the launch of our brand spanking new website! With this new portal we will be better able to let you know the exciting things going on at Story Planet and how you can be involved. Take a tour around this corner of our universe and let us know what you think.

We’d like to send out a blackhole size thank you to Context Creative without whom this site would never have been possible. And a special shout out to Mary at Context, who was an absolute dream to work with!

Eric Kim

As a boy, Eric Kim never imagined he would one day work as an illustrator.  But he has used his “humble beginnings” to connect with the Bloordale community through art.

Eric Kim drawing

Eric Kim is a supernova at Story Planet.

He has leant his considerable talents (he’s awesome at computer animation and has a Bachelor of Arts Illustration degree from Sheridan College) to Story Planet as a volunteer and artist at our workshops – everything from drawing characters at Alpha workshops to leading a seven week Manga for Girls workshop.

Eric loves that Story Planet does what he enjoys doing – making stories and giving young students a chance to create. He believes that “being comfortable with being creative is at the heart of Story Planet”. Eric will continue to work with us in any capacity because he thinks storymaking bridges gaps – inspiring kids to become engaged and involved in their community.

Eric is currently working with Manga Dojo to offer workshops to students ages 13-17. This workshop series encourages Canadian talent and spreads the message that anyone can draw comics and publish at any age. He is also working on a book titled Billy Smoke which should hit shelves in 2013.

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):
“Mars, because it’s most like Earth. And there’s a romance to Mars.”

2. Fav book:
It’s a tie between Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, and Neuromancer, by William Gibson. The rest of the books by those two authors come in a close second.

3. Fav artist/s:
Rumiko Takahashi. Also, Inio Asano is a real treat to read.

4. Fav thing to do on Earth:
Draw and write stories!

5. Best Earth food:
Barbecued ribs!