Eleo and the Bubble Planet

This Children's book on Human Rights will present the 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights through a story 'lived' by a main cartoon character. Colourful illustrations and simplified text should make it more interesting and eye-catching for 7 - 9 year olds - which is the target audience of this book.

This Children's book on Human Rights will present the 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights through a story 'lived' by a main cartoon character. Colourful illustrations and simplified text should make it more interesting and eye-catching for 7 - 9 year olds - which is the target audience of this book.


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and the

Bubble Planet

Malta UNESCO Youth Association


and the

Bubble Planet

Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Copyright 2011 Malta UNESCO Youth Association


Published by Gutenberg Press

Gudja Road, Tarxien. Malta. GXQ2902

All Rights Reserved

First Edition: 2011

Written by Sarah Suda, Christianne Caruana, Philip Caruana, Alexander Thenner

Illustrated by Nicole Diacono

Should you wish to translate this book into your own language, we would be more than happy to

provide you with the required resources and assistance.

Kindly contact Malta UNESCO Youth Association on info@muya.info.

Note by the Authors

This book is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, introduced by the

UN General Assembly on the 10th December, 1948. This Declaration was adopted

after the world went through World War II. Following such a tragic event that lasted

many years and affected millions of people around the globe, the leaders of many

countries decided that such an act should never happen again. Together they wrote

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a road map that guarantees the

basic rights of each and every person. They all signed the Declaration promising that

the people in their countries will be protected by the articles in the Declaration.

Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been in place for more

than sixty years, if we look around us we can see that we do not always follow this

Declaration both as people and as countries.

This book tells the story of Eleo, a young boy who lives in the ideal planet of

Bubble-onia where the people have managed to live in harmony with each other for

many, many years. However, unfortunately, the planet does have other problems

and together with Eleo and his grandfather Bobbla, we will find out how they live on

the planet and what the people of Bubble-onia intend to do to overcome their


Sarah, Christianne, Philip, and Alex

Malta UNESCO Youth Association

November 2011

This book is dedicated to our daughters, Aaliyah and Rosaleen, and to all

children. We hope they will grow up to live in a more peaceful world.

It was a sunny day on the roundest of all planets, the Planet

Bubble-onia; a planet that is home to native Bubble-onians and

others like the Spikures and Droplings. Both come from other

planets but they have been welcomed like brothers by the native


Little Eleo runs into his grandfather’s bubble house. “Bobbla, I

heard that our beautiful planet Bubble-onia is going to burst because

we will collide with Spikure!! Is it true?”

Bobbla smiled and asked him to sit down. “Yes little Eleo, this is

true. But do not worry! Once again we will send one of us

Bubble-onians out there to find a new planet for us, so we can live

together with others in peace and bubblistic harmony just as we are


“I want to tell you a couple of secrets, little Eleo”, his grandfather

continued. “The last time we were building a new planet, I was sent

out and I found a nice blue planet in the mighty Universe, from

where I brought a book with the rules to the happy life we have.

Come my son, let us go for a walk together and I will tell you


Eleo waits for Bobbla until he is ready to leave and they walk out

together. As they reach the end of the street, Bobbla points to the

left where there is a nursery with a big window. As Eleo looks

through the window he can see a Bubble-onian nurse walking along

the corridor carrying many babies. Among them there are many

differently coloured Bubble-onian babies and a Dropling baby who

was crying out loudly. He can also see two Spikure toddlers playing

with a Bubble-onian on a little carpet down the corridor, being very

careful not to hurt him with their little spikes.

“Look Eleo”, says Bobbla, “many new brothers and sisters are born

in Bubble-onia.” Eleo looks at Bobbla and nods in agreement. “But

Bobbla, why are they so different?” Bobbla is happy that Eleo has

asked that question and continues to explain, “We are all born

different from one another but we are all the

same and help each other like one big

family. Take a look around you!”

Bobbla leads Eleo as they keep on walking and turn left towards the

maypole that has been set up for the planet holiday. Bobbla and Eleo

smile as they look on and see different bubblings, the name given to

all the children living on Bubble-onia, going round the maypole.

All bubblings are of different colours and not all of them are

Bubble-onians either. Each bubbling is holding a coloured rope as

they skip and run around the pole. “Look at all those little bubblings

Eleo, all are different and yet they are playing and having fun

together” says Bobbla to little Eleo. “What great fun Bobbla! It is

true! That is why you never scolded me when I played with bubblings

who are not like me,” replies Eleo. Eleo now understands that it is

more fun to play games and be friends with different bubblings. Life

is more interesting that way.

As they keep on walking, Eleo and Bobbla arrive at the main Bubbly

park. Here they stop to watch different bubblings play with different

coloured kites. The bubblings are all helping each other: even though

they are not all native Bubble-onian bubblings, little Spikures and

Droplings are playing around them.

They are helping each other so that their kites all fly at the same

height. The sight of the colourful kites makes Eleo smile as it is very

beautiful. “Oh Bobbla how beautiful it is. I would also like to play

with kites,” says Eleo. Bobbla looks at Eleo and nods in agreement,

“Of course it is so much fun. But remember it is more enjoyable if

we help each other so that kites not

only fly at the same height, but

can even go higher.”

Bobbla decides that they should cross the park and walk together

among the lovely trees. Eleo and grandpa pass by a group of

Bubble-onians enjoying a barbeque.

Each of them is doing different things. Two of them are cooking some

food whilst the others are busy cleaning and preparing the table.

“Yummie, that smells good,” says Eleo, “and to tell the truth I am

getting hungry. Do you think we can join them?” Bobbla too is

getting hungry and tells Eleo that it would be possible to join the

party but along with eating they should also help others in preparing

the food, set the table and clean afterwards because in Bubble-onia

everyone has to help out. Eleo agrees and Bobbla greets the group,

“Hello friends, do you think we can join you?”

“Yes, of course” calls back one of the them, “just lend a hand!”

After the group all finishes eating, each and everyone starts to clean

up his plate and the area where they sat. As one bubbling is throwing

away some things, the waste does not fall into the bin but right

outside. His mummy does not look very happy with what her son

has just done and calls him over.

“My dear boy, I know it was a mistake but next time be more

careful. Go and pick it up and throw it in the right place,” says the

Bubble-onian mummy. “See Eleo, the boy made a mistake,” says

Bobbla to Eleo, “but even when we make mistakes we are not

unfairly punished”. As Bobbla finishes cleaning up, he tells Eleo that

they should move on as they have much more to see.

Bobbla and Eleo walk to the end of the park and come to a very busy

cross road. In fact there is a traffic officer guiding bubble cars,

bicycles and pedestrians. “Bobbla, what is that Bubble-onian doing

over there?” asks Eleo.

“She is controlling traffic so that everyone is kept safe,” replies

Bobbla. “I never realised that Bubble-guards have this little book on

them,” says Eleo.

“They make sure that everyone follows the rules and keep us safe

every day. In this book you can find the rules that everyone in

Bubble-onia has to follow to have a peaceful Bubblistic life,” explains


Eleo and grandpa cross the road carefully and keep on walking until

they arrive to the footcube playground.

“Look Eleo, they are playing footcube. The referee in footcube has

to be fair on both teams,” says Bobbla. “Oh I see”, but what should

the referee do when the fans are shouting?” asks Eleo.

“The referee should not be influenced by the fans, but should apply

the rules to everyone in the same way,” replies grandpa.

Bobbla and his grandson walk until they arrive to the law courts

which is a big transparent building and everyone who passes by can

see what is going on inside. “Bobbla, why have they gathered here?”

asks Eleo. “In this case, some Bubble-onians asked for help to defend

their rights. One lawyer defends one side and another defends the


The judge hears both sides and then he decides who is guilty and

what the punishment should be. All this has to be done in public.

Until a decision is made, if there is a suspected wrong-doer he or she

may be held in a place where one is not free” explains Bobbla. “Will

I also be judged like them?” asks Eleo. “Unless you break the rules of

the bubblistic life of Bubble-onia you will not ever be judged or

punished, so there is no need to be afraid if you live a good life,” says


Eleo tells his grandpa that he understood and grabs his hand as they

keep on walking together down the street. As they stroll along, they

see a Dropling mummy scolding her little bubbling because she seems

to think that he has done something wrong.

“I promise I have not done anything wrong mummy!” cries out the

little Dropling. His mother stops being angry and starts to reason

with her little son.

“Look, my little Eleo, everyone is innocent until there is real proof

that he or she has done something wrong.” Eleo agrees and they

decide to keep on going.

As they walk along there are many houses on each side of the road.

Some have their doors and windows open however some of them

have their curtains drawn and signs put up saying ‘no peeping

through the curtains (smiley face)’. Grandpa turns to Eleo and says,

“Look my son, the curtains are closed and no one is looking in. We

all can have a place were we can be there without neighbours and

passers by looking in,” explains Bobbla. “This is called privacy, my

dear Eleo. In Bubble-onia we respect that each and every one of us

can have a private space where no one is allowed to peep in.” Eleo

agrees, “so can I consider my room my own little private space

Bobbla?” Bobbla smiles in approval, “Yes, my dear son.”

At the other end of the street, a family is packing stuff into their

bubble car. A sign on the car makes it clear that they are off to

Bubble-onia Beach.

Grandpa points this out to Eleo, “See that family of Spikures packing

their stuff to go on holiday to Bubble-onia Beach. They will stay

there for the summer.” Eleo smiles, “that is very nice, we should do

that soon.” Bobbla agrees,

“We are all allowed to move around freely and go wherever we like.”

Eleo and grandpa keep on walking towards the city centre. On their

way they meet a couple of Droplings who happen to be friends of

Bobbla. They greet each other and chat for a little while and then

they keep on walking.

Grandpa turns to Eleo, “My Dropling friends Chrissy and Alex are

much happier in Bubble-onia and they have been welcomed here as

they have not been treated justly in their planet Clowdia.” Eleo

smiles at Bobbla and tells him that he is very happy that Chrissy and

Alex are now living a happy life.

As they arrive in the city centre they remember that it is the

Bubble-onia festival day as everyone there is participating in a

parade. Bubble-onians, Spikures and Droplings all together are

walking in the parade. Banners and Bubble-onia flags are being

carried by the different citizens of Bubble-onia.

“Wow, grandpa how amazing to look at all the different colours and

flags,” says Eleo. “Yes, my dear grandson. In Bubble-onia even the

Spikures and the Droplings can become citizens of our beautiful


As they walk along, they see a wedding bubble car passing by with

newlyweds. Eleo stops Bobbla and starts clapping happily, “Look

Bobbla, a Bubble-onian lady has just married a Spikure! How happy

I am for them!”

Grandpa laughs at Eleo’s excitement, “Yes my dear grandson, here

in Bubble-onia all of us can marry and have a family, even if we

come from different planets.”

Eleo smiles at Bobbla, “Can I get married too?” Grandpa bursts out

laughing and explains, “You are still too young to get married now,

but once you are old enough you can!”

A bubble bicycle is coming along from the other side of the street.

Eleo pulls at Bobbla’s sleeve, “Look grandpa, that little bubbling has

a bicycle just like mine.” Bobbla says, “It could be like yours, but that

does not mean it belongs to you.”

Bobbla explains that many Bubble-onians own different things and to

own things one has to buy them or they have to be given to you as

a present. “I can see that this little bubbling is enjoying his bicycle as

much as I enjoy mine!” says Eleo.

Eleo and Bobbla keep on walking until they arrive to a little opening

where they see a Bubble-onian preacher talking on a stage in front

of an audience. “Grandpa, what is going on there?” asks Eleo.

“Here the preacher is expressing and sharing his beliefs with the

audience,” explains Bobbla, “However the people listening are free

to believe what they think is best for them.”

Eleo and grandpa leave the audience and continue on their way. As

soon as they turn right, a group from the Bubble Motorbike Club

ride past.

Eleo turns to Grandpa and says, “Wow Grandpa, look at that! Can

I join this group when I grow up?” Bobbla smiles at Eleo again and

says, “Of course you can my dear grandson, but only if you want


Eleo and Bobbla keep on walking down the street, and as they look

to their left they see a wall covered with election posters.

As they walk by, Eleo looks at the pictures of the people on the

posters. “Orange is Cool, Purple is Super, Yellow is Banana!”,

exclaims Eleo as he reads the poster slogans out loud. “How

colourful and interesting these posters are Bobbla!”, says Eleo.

“Soon there will be elections for the Bubble Parliament my dear

son,” explains Bobbla. “They all want to be chosen to represent the

Bubble-onians. Their job will be to decide on good things to do for

us to make our lives better.”

Eleo smiles and tells Bobbla that maybe he too might be a Prime

Bubble some day. “Why not! Everyone can try,” answers Bobbla.

As Eleo and Bobbla reach the end of the street, they come to a large

Bubble shopping mall.

There are many Bubble-onians, Spikures and Droplings inside:

shopping, having fun, playing games, waiting for the theatre or

having coffee. Some Bubble-onians are also at work.

“Look Eleo,” says Bobbla, “everyone is happy because everyone

living in Bubble-onia is encouraged to be what they want to be. Look

at everyone enjoying themselves by learning games or going to the

theatre, even these things make us the beings that we are.”

Bobbla and Eleo keep on walking until they reach the end of the

shopping mall and exit from the back door. As soon as they leave the

mall, they find themselves in the daily market. There are different

stalls at the market. There is Lucy the carpenter working on small

chairs to sell that day, there is Markus setting up his makeup stall

whilst many other stall owners are busy already selling their goods.

“Look Eleo, all of us living in Bubble-onia can choose what work they

want to do. Also, all have enough money to be able to take care of

their family,” explains Bobbla.

After the market, Bobbla and Eleo keep on walking towards the

Bubble Luna Park next to the river. There are several families having

fun and enjoying themselves.

Eleo stops to look at the carousel. Bobbla comes up behind him and

says, “Look Eleo, we all have free time to do whatever we want in

order to have fun and rest. We have free days between working time.

Resting is important son.”

Eleo turns to Bobbla and asks, “When we are free, can we go to

Bubble beach to swim and play?” Bobbla smiles at Eleo and says,

“Yes of course!”

Eleo and Bobbla continue their walk and take the bridge to cross the

river. From the bridge they can see a lot of different Bubble houses

lining up the riverbed.

Eleo looks over and says, “Look Bobbla, it seems as if you can see the

whole town from here!”. “Yes, that is true my son, and look how

different we all are. But it does not matter, because we are all safe

and happy and if we ever need help, we will all get it,” replies Bobbla.

“Do you remember the baby bubblings we saw at the nursery and

the little bubblings playing in the park? Those get special attention

since they are the future of Bubble-onia.”

On the bank of the river there is a school, which Eleo and Bobbla

pass by. They see little bubblings hurrying towards the door carrying

their school bags.

Bobbla explains that everyone has the right to learn and it is

important because it teaches us how to develop our talents and also

how to live together with others. “That is why we love to learn,” says

Bobbla. “I will go to Junior Bubble College soon” says Eleo, “I can’t

wait for school to start!”

They keep on walking to the main square, where every day a lot of

street artists gather. Eleo and Bobbla are having fun as they watch

artists, jugglers, musicians and painters do what they know best.

“Wow, look how artistic we are in Bubble-onia, can I have a painting

of myself?” asks Eleo. “Here in Bubble-onia we truly have many

talents. Our artists’ concerts, exhibitions and plays make our life

more fun and interesting. They really deserve their money, like this

painter here. Have a seat, Eleo!” says Bobbla.

By now, Grandpa Bobbla is feeling a bit tired, so they decide to take

a bus. As soon as they get on, a young Bubble-onian is helping an

older one get onto the bus.

Eleo notices this and says to Bobbla, “It is very nice of this

Bubble-onian,” Bobbla replies, “Yes my son, we should all care for

each other. If we all respect each other and the rules, life is easy to


As the bubble bus drives near to their house, Eleo and grandpa get

off. Eleo notices the Bubble space ship standing in Bobbla’s garden.

Eleo turns to Bobbla and says, “We have wonderful rules Bobbla. I

hope I will find another planet where we can live together just like we

do now.”

Bobbla agrees and says, “No need to worry son, we are sure that

there are planets out there, where we are welcome. Your Bubble ship

is ready for take-off. Come son, I will help you to prepare for your

trip. Here is the book, you will need it!”

United Nations International Nursery School:

It's Human Rights Day for Them, Too

Children of the United Nations International Nursery School look at a poster of

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is two years old on 10

December. [December, 1950]

UN Photo

This book is the collaborative effort of many a creative mind. The initial idea came about

following a Training Course funded by the Youth in Action Programme of the European

Commission called ‘Rightly Yours and Rightly Mine – a Training Course on Human Rights and

Duties in a multi-cultural Europe,’ which was organised by Malta UNESCO Youth Association

and took place in Malta in June 2009. Several participants from Italy, Spain, Malta, Estonia,

Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands were present.

The participants were:

Joanna Bonnici & Caroline Grech – Malta

Olga Rodionova & Rostislav Tshikalski – Estonia

Fabio Cerrito & Giorgio Sinapi – Italy

Marina Albuquerque Maranhao & Fabio Santos – Spain

Popi Nalpantiodou & Athanasios Tzoganis – Greece

Marieke Van Der Linden & Ayla Van Kessel – Netherlands

Ivanina Stoyanova - Bulgaria

Jasmina Mohorko & Sebastijan Starc – Slovenia

Soren Berglund & Mats Grambon – Sweden

Dimitrie Anatoli Postovei – Romania

From this Training Course, the idea for a children’s book came about and Malta UNESCO

Youth Association has been working on the idea ever since.

Collaborators (in alphabetical order):

Alexander Thenner

Annette Vella

Audrey Spiteri

Birgit Oidram

Chantal Sciberras

Christianne Caruana

CJ Saliba

Daniel Mifsud

Desiree D’Amato

Dorianne Formosa

Elysia Camilleri

Joanna Bonnici

Julian Portelli

Krista Bonnici

Marie Louise Vella

Philip Caruana

Sarah Cassar

Sarah Suda

Estonian UNESCO Youth Association, Estonia: Julia Barsukova, Olga Rodionova, Deniss

Jershov. Youth Centre of Dravinja Valley, Slovenia: Aleš Kurnik, Jasmina Mohorko, Anja

Žibert. Initsiativa Regional Youth Council, Bulgaria: Rosen Dimov

Consultants: Dr Gorg Mallia - University of Malta, Mr Chris Grupetta - Merlin Library,

Mr Anson D. Aquilina, Ms Krista Bonnici

The book was partly funded by the European Youth Foundation within the

Council of Europe under category B which supports printed publications

and audio-visual material.

Special thanks to Athanasios “Sakis” Krezios (Kids In Action) for being a source of inspiration

and moreover a provider of precious information about making use of this fund.

Discover more about this project

On a faraway bubbly happy planet where everyone

lives life in peace and harmony with one another,

young Eleo runs into his grandfather's house. He is

looking for some answers, only to find out that he had

been chosen for a mission. But before he sets off, his

grandfather Bobbla needs to give him some precious

information that will help him along the way.

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