Long back, our planet Earth was not a great place to live in. Earth was, back then, trying to find the best temperature to be in.
This annoyed the people a great deal.
If, on one day you could cook your breakfast on top of a volcano, the very next day, the same place would be flooded.
One day you could be skating and the very next day you could be swimming in the same place!
The people of earth decided they had to find a new home till earth could settle down to a good temperature.
They chose 4 super smart leaders to travel into space and find a suitable temporary home for everyone.
The chosen 4 were
was the fastest runner on Earth. He was the favourite ‘frunner’ – a frunner was a person who would run across places to deliver food. If you wanted to deliver bananas to your cousin who lived 5 lakes away, you could call Ganymede and he would deliver it within a few hours time!
The most intelligent of all. She could always predict when a volcano would erupt and when a flood could start and was a very useful person to have in your team especially when you are cooking breakfast.
was one of the kindest girls you would ever meet. She was kind without being boring. She thought of everyone and did her best to make the people around her happy all the time.
Was the smallest of the four. She had a little bit of everything – she was kind, as kind as she could be. She was reasonably fast and was very smart. She could add up numbers in her head. If you wanted something to be divided equally – like a 2 watermelons among 5 hungry kids – Io was the one you could turn to.
It was decided to send these four to space to find a temporary home on another planet till earth’s temperature became normal.
Up into space they flew, it was beautiful! Stars sparkling, comets whizzing past and no noise at all.
The four went past Mars which looked too red and angry to even talk to!
After Mars came Jupiter and then Saturn. Saturn was very beautiful. It had lovely colorful rings made of ice … and was very very vain. Not for a minute, would Saturn put down its mirror to look at them.
The four decided to go back to Jupiter. It was a giant planet, but oh, so very very sad. It had dark splotches all over, and red spots.
Callisto felt very sad seeing Jupiter and asked the other three if they could help to cheer it up. All the four flew close to Jupiter and that was when they heard it – horrible laughter coming from 3 planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto!
The three planets were called the ‘Cold Bullies’ – they were very cold planets and did not have an ounce of kindness in them. Bullying Jupiter was their favorite past time!
The four were very very angry. They wanted to get rid of the Cold Bullies and save Jupiter. Europa, who was extermely intelligent, took one look at Pluto and said
‘Hey!! You are not even a Planet!’
‘WHAT!!??’ yelled the Cold Bullies
‘Well, to be a planet you need to be a certain size and you are teeny tiny. So surrender your Planet badge and leave!’, said Europa.
‘She is right’, chanted all the other planets in the Solar System. So Pluto gave them back his Planet badge and walked away.
Now they only needed to defeat Neptune and Uranus.
‘Hey Neptune, lets see who can run around the sun the fastest!’, said Ganymede
‘Game on!’, retorted Neptune
They both started running around the Sun, and guess who came back first – Ganymede!! Neptune was far far behind. It takes Neptune more than 100 years to complete running around the Sun, what a slow coach!
Now, all they needed to defeat was Uranus. He was a difficult one to defeat. Uranus started to pull the four towards him. No matter what they did, the four could not help it, they were slowly flying towards Uranus!
‘Help us Jupiter!’ they yelled
‘I can’t, I am very weak and meek. Please ask Saturn’ mumbled Jupiter, who was very frightened by all of this.
Saturn was too busy setting its rings that it did not even bother to look at any of them.
‘You are the largest planet! Only you can save us’ yelled the four.
Jupiter realized that it was indeed the biggest planet! It closed its eyes and started to concentrate. It could feel a sparkly field come up. Jupiter concentrated harder – he had to save them all. Suddenly, the children felt a tug, they were being pulled towards Jupiter!!
‘You did it!’ they cheered.
That was how Jupiter defeated Uranus. Jupiter was very happy to have friends who cared for him. All the four decided to make Jupiter their new home. Jupiter made small four moons – one for each and each moon was named after them.
Very soon, other people from Earth came and lived there for a while.
Earth finally went got its temperature right and called everyone back home.
Everyone headed back to earth except for Ganymede, Io, Europa and Callisto.
They are still there with Jupiter. On a clear night if you looked at the night sky with a really good telescope, you can see Jupiter, all happy, with his four friends. It is easy to believe in yourself when you have friends who believe in you …