What Is This Place?

About this book…

What Is This Place? is an illustrated level 2 reader. It consists of about 40 pages and over 1,000 simple words.

Synopsis: Fybol is a cute little alien who loves adventure! What Is This Place? is the world’s introduction to Fybol—and Fybol’s introduction to the world! Written in Dr. Seuss-like lyrical rhyme, this first book in the series follows Fybol as he finds our world and checks it out. Fybol explores both urban and rural areas of the Earth before deciding to leave. Infused with an environmental message toward the end, Fybol is sure to be a loved character for generations to come!

This book is not yet illustrated. Only the text is presented here (and some sample illustrations), with indications of page separations. It’s more work than you’d think to illustrate a book like this. Check it out and let us know if you think it’s worth the effort! 

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What Is This Place?

 

(cover and inside cover page, both with title; Fybol in saucer approaching Earth) 

Example illustration (will be recreated digitally):

(inside front cover: Fybol landed on Earth and got out of saucer)

Example illustration (will be recreated digitally):

Fybol.

 

Welcome to Earth.

What Is This Place?

 

(first page)

(right)

What is this place?

So blue and green,

It’s like no place

I’ve ever seen

 

A world in space,

So green and blue!

What is this place?
I wish I knew!

 

(next page)

(left)

Ah, this must be a grove of trees!

At least that is what I can see.

No, that’s not right, a city, yes!

At least that is my second guess.

 

Oh, look how tall!

Oh, look how high!

They reach right up

Into the sky!

 

(right)

I’ll go inside of one of these,

For now I know they are not trees.

 

(next page)

(left)

Such people here and here and there!

I wonder if they even care

That I am here inside this place

That I found floating out in space!

 

I do not think that they will mind

If I just see what I can find.

 

(right)

They offer me their box to share,

But I would rather take the stairs!

 

(next page)

(left)

Way up on top of this high place,

I can see up out into space!

 

(right)

And when I look down at the ground,

I can see far and wide around!

 

So far away, is that the sea?

I feel it calling out to me!

And on the sea, is that a boat?

It’s good that if I fall, I’ll float!

 

(next page)

(left)

Back on the ground, I’ll go outside.

They stare at me—I think I’ll hide!

I’ll get inside this thing that’s near,

And it will take me far from here!

 

(right)

I don’t know where it’s taking me,

But where it goes, that’s where I’ll be!

 

(next page)

(left)

Oh, what is this?

I wish I knew

What this place is!

Is it a zoo?

 

(right)

No, these are people, every one,

And they are all just having fun!

I like this place, I’ll have fun too.

Well, isn’t that what you would do?

 

(next page)

(left)

When it is night, this world gets dark,

And so I walk into a park.

 

(right)

What is this place? I wonder still,

As I keep walking up the hill.

 

(next page)

(left)

The night was dark, too dark I think.

I was too scared to sleep a wink.

At first it rained, and then it snowed,

And then the city kind of glowed.

 

(right)

Then came the wind, it blew so cold,

And that is when I got so bold!

I stood up there upon my feet.

I said, 

Come rain, come snow, come sleet!

I will not let you beat me yet!

I’ll make it through this night, I bet!

 

(next page)

(left)

And so I did—then rose the sun.

I said, 

That night was not much fun!

But now that there is so much light,

I will go out and see some sight!

 

(right)

I left the city and the fair.

I left the park right then and there!

 

(next page)

(left)

I walked and walked a long, long way.

I walked so far, it took all day!

And then I found some trees, I’m sure,

For they were growing fruit so pure!

 

(right)

A quiet place to rest my feet—

A place that smelled so good and sweet!

As I rest here, I think I’ll eat

Some of this fruit—it’s quite a treat!

 

(next page)

(left)

Now that I’ve had a bite or two,

I’ll leave this place, that’s what I’ll do!

 

(right)

I walked into a town just then.

I saw some people in a pen.

 

(next page)

(left)

I walked right into this place, too,

To find something that I could do!

 

(right)

Inside I found more people—yes!

They sat real still in a big mess.

They all stared at a glowing box

While sitting back and wearing socks.

 

(next page)

(left)

I guess that they were not prepared,

For when they saw me, they got scared!

They all began to scream and shout!

That’s when I knew I must get out.

 

(right)

I turned to go, and then I sparked!

There was this thing that barked and barked!

 

(next page)

(left)

I ran out of that place to see

Another thing that hissed at me!

 

(right)

Now I was scared, and so I ran

As fast as little Fybol can!

 

(next page)

(left)

I ran past things, some big, some small,

And then I came up to this wall!

 

(right)

I climbed on top

And looked inside.

What is this stop?

Is that a ride?

 

It’s like a great big play pen here,

With people playing everywhere!

 

(next page)

(left)

I’ll go and play, it looks like fun,

For I can climb and jump and run!

So I hopped down inside the wall.

I ran right in and found a ball.

 

(right)

I played and played with kids a bunch

Until they left to go have lunch.

 

(next page)

(left)

And then the big ones saw me there.

They shouted with hands in the air!

 

(right)

The bigger ones shooed me away!

I had to leave—what could I say?

 

(next page)

(left)

I then came to an awful place,

The worst I’d seen in all of space!

 

(right)

With piles and piles of junk and trash,

My eyes got wide as I walked past.

 

Then I got mad

At all the junk,

For it smelled bad.

It really stunk!

 

(next page)

(left)

I had to go from that place, too,

And then I came to a real zoo!

It smelled bad, too, and I saw why.

I had to stop right there and cry!

 

(right)

So many things—all in cages!

Young and old—of many ages!

I said,

I think that I can see

What these people would do to me!

 

(next page)

(left)

I said,

And so it’s time to go!

It’s time to leave this place also.

And now, where did I park my ship?

I think it’s time to end my trip!

 

(right)

I found my ship, way past the park.

By that time, it was getting dark!

 

(next page)

(left)

So Fybol left, he flew away

To maybe come again some day!

 

What is this place?

What did he find?

A world of grace

With people kind?

 

(right)

This is our world that we call Earth

Do we yet know what it is worth?

 

This planet that we all do share

Do we yet show how much we care?

 

Our world that’s floating out in space,

Can we make it a better place?

 

(next page)

(inside back cover)

Bye, Fybol!

(Fybol flying away in saucer, leaving Earth)

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