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Curious about Pisces the Fish?  The Story of Pisces and How to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Pisces Characteristics:  Pisces represents those born from February 19—March 20.  Despite being near the beginning of our calendar year – in astrological terms – it is the 12th  and final sign of the Zodiac.

Good Things about Pisces: Artistic, gentle, musical, enthusiastic and very emotional!  So basically you’re fun loving and creative, but quite mad!

Bad Things about Pisces: Fearful, naïve, gullible, sad…likes to escape into a fantasy world.  So there’s a bit of the dungeons and dragons’ nerd about you fishes!

Myth and Legend: So what do the two fish represent?  Some ancient God’s pets?  No, the myth of Pisces begins with a monster, a particularly terrible monster named Typhoeus.  The father of all monsters, he was a fire breathing dragon that never slept and had over a hundred heads.  Sounds cute eh?  Side note, he later married another monster and had lots of baby monsters such as the Sphinx, the Nemean Lion and that ultimate lapdog Cerberus, the three headed dog of the underworld!

One day Typhoeus appeared and decided to get rid of all the Olympian Gods. They all fled in terror from him.  The Greek Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, (Venus in Roman mythology) was sitting with her son Eros, (Cupid in Roman mythology) on the banks of the river Euphrates, when Typhoeus ran at them.  To escape the monster, they changed themselves into fish and swam away in the river.  In order not to lose one another, they tied their fins together with cord.

Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, (Minerva in Roman mythology) commemorated their escape by placing them in the sky as the Pisces constellation.

Element Sign: Water.  Unlike silly Aries, Pisces element sign makes sense. It’s water, so the whole fish, water thing goes nicely together.  Water signs (Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer) are supposed to be very emotional, sensitive and generally all over the place, sort of like water!

Glyph:  I know what you’re thinking? What does this glyph even represent?  It looks like a Chinese character more than a fish right?  But it’s actually an ancient symbol that represents the mouth of a fish.  Yes, it’s a stretch but then so is the Pisces constellation which looks more like a three year old writing its’ first letter V, rather than two co-joined fish.

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Constellation:  Pisces is a difficult constellation to spot, due to its’ large size and dim looking stars.  Dim as in light not as in brains! Constellations don’t have brains, as far as I know! It can be best seen in the northern hemisphere between November 6th and November 9th  at 9pm (between latitudes 90 degrees and minus 65 degrees).  In the southern hemisphere, look for the Pisces constellation in mid-spring.   Use a star map as a guide. As always a knowledgeable person with you, to help find the constellation can be very helpful!

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Extra Fun Fact: Did you know that the Pisces constellation has twenty one main stars?  Overall it is the 14th largest constellation.

 Next Post.  Curious about the Star-Sign Aries, the Ram (March 21-April 19)?  The Story of Aries and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures of a lifetime…

New  Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage:  Book Two

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.”Beautiful Books for Children

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What are Constellations? From Star Maps to the Zodiac!

 

ConstellationsNow, you’re probably heard the word constellation mentioned when people talk about the night sky.   But what does that word mean?  Well, constellation comes from the Latin word, ‘constellatio.’  Translated, it means set of stars!  Now if you go back in time, before iPods, iPads video games, face time and Netflix.  Okay, now go back even further, to a time of no TV, no phones…no electricity even!  What did people even do for entertainment back then? Well one popular activity was star gazing.  And without modern light pollution, you could see… a lot. Early civilizations looked at stars and told stories.  Then they began to observe that the same set of stars could be seen at different times of the year, every year.  Some of these constellations became the signs of the zodiac, our star signs.  Different civilizations have different star stories, but here in the west we are more familiar with the Greco-Roman Stories.

If you want to look for the constellations in the night sky, you’ll need a few things.  A star map for one thing.  If you don’t have one, you can find them on the internet.  Then you need to look at the correct month of the year on the star map.  After that, you’ll need a very dark night sky, (away from light pollution) and good eyesight, or good glasses!

Next try and match the constellations for the month on your star map, with what you see in the sky.  You’re going to have to use your imagination and try to picture lines between the sets of stars, just like on the map.  It’s helpful to have someone with you who already knows a bit about constellations, to help you pick them out.

Behind every constellation, there’s a story.  Below I’ve outlined the myths behind a couple of the constellations.

Perseus

He was a great hero of Greek mythology.  His father was Zeus (Jupiter in Roman mythology) and his mother was Danae.  His most famous feat was the killing of the Gorgon Medusa.  The Gorgon’s face was hideous, her nest a mass of writhing snakes.  And one look from her would turn you to stone.  So capturing her was not easy.  But with a helmet of invisibility, a shield and winged sandals; all gifts from the Gods, Perseus managed to cut off her head.  He then rescued the Princess Andromeda, who was chained to a rock, as an offering to a terrifying sea monster.  After killing the sea monster, he married the princess. When he died, he was honored with his own constellation.

Hercules

The biggest hero of them all was of course Hercules.  His father was lord of the Gods, Zeus himself (Jupiter in Roman mythology) and Alemena was his mother.  Driven mad by Zeus’s jealous wife Hera, Hercules killed many people.  He later made amends for these sins by completing the twelve labors of Hercules.  These included killing the Nemean lion, stealing Cerberus the three headed dog and slaying the Hydra, a many headed monster.  For all his mighty feats, he was rewarded with his own constellation.  This shows him wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion, whilst carrying his club and the stolen three headed dog of the underworld.

Lyra

A small constellation in the northern hemisphere.  It shows the lyre or lyra (a type of small harp).    Arion was Poseidon’s son and a singer and musician: Poseidon was the Greek God of the Oceans.  Neptune is the Roman equivalent.  Such was Arion’s talent, he decided to go to Sicily to compete in a musical competition.  He played the lyre and won many treasures.  On the way home, treacherous sailors plotted to steal all his valuable awards and throw him overboard.  Arion pleaded with them to let him sing and play one more time.  They granted his wish and then pushed him overboard.  Not knowing how to swim, he would have drowned.  But his singing had attracted the attention of one of Poseidon’s dolphins.  The dolphin carried him safely back to his home in Corinth.  In honor of his talent Apollo – the Greek God of the Sun and Music- put the above lyre constellation in the night sky.

Next Post:  Astronomy versus Astrology: How did the Zodiac Constellations become our Star Signs?

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Fun Space Facts for Children:  Why is our Galaxy called the Milky Way? And why was it named after the chocolate bar?

Milky Way Galaxy

When you look up into the night sky, nearly everything that you can see with the naked eye belongs to our galaxy, the Milky Way.  But how did it get named after a chocolate bar?  The answer is, it didn’t!  The Milky Way was named thousands of years ago, by the Romans. The Latin name, Via Lacteal, means milky path.  But in true Roman style, they pinched it from the Greeks, along with the Greek pantheon of Gods! Galaxias Kyklos, meaning milky circle, is the ancient Greek name for the Milky Way.

Many thousands of years later in 1923, a man named Frank C. Mars created the Milky Way chocolate bar.  It was named after a famous malted milkshake, which in turn took its name from Earth’s galaxy!

Extra Fun Fact:  Did you know that there are three types of galaxies; elliptical, spiral and irregular?  The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy and contains billions of stars!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Fun Space Facts for Children:  What’s the difference between an Asteroid and a Meteor?  And can a belt hold them all up?

Asteroid Belt

You’ve probably heard of an asteroid?  But do you know what it is?  Asteroids are basically a mixture of metal and rock, drifting through space.   Most are small, some the size of a pebble, but others are huge, as much as 500 miles/804.67 kilometers wide.  That’s one big rock!

There are a lot of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, so much so that this area is called the asteroid belt.  But this type of belt can’t hold anything up!  It is more like a vast ring of rocky lumps and bumps, stuck in between the two planets.

But when an asteroid comes close enough to Earth it…changes its name.  That’s right, the asteroid is now known as a meteor.  Earth’s gravity pulls it downward.  As the meteors fall, they are often referred to as shooting stars (although clearly lumps of rock and metal are not stars).  Earth is responsible for the meteor’s fiery tail.  It sets it on fire as it enters our atmosphere.

Many scientists think that a huge asteroid crashing into the Earth millions of years ago finished off the dinosaurs.  The impact created a colossal cloud, which turned the weather impossibly hot and resulted in their extinction.

The good news is that astronomers now have the technology to keep a close eye on the night sky.  Even better news, no asteroids are on a collision course with the Earth.  At least not yet anyway!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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1.  A Present That Wasn’t

“Eight.  I am eight.   Today.  Amazing!” Amelia sprinted downstairs.

“Can I have some of your presents?” asked little sister Charlotte.

“Nooo.  Mom, Charlotte’s trying to steal from me!”

“Now, no arguing you two!”said their mother.

Amelia rushed through breakfast. Soon after bits of wrapping paper lay between books, a dress and a new pair of swimming goggles.

The last gift.  A square box, covered in silver paper. Amelia tore open the paper and lifted up the top flap of the box.

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“Who’s that from?” asked Amelia’s mom.

“Err.  Let me see.  Oh it’s from Aunt Janet.”   She pulled out a book.

“Oh look, it’s all about butterflies.  I love butterflies!”

“Is there something else in there?”

Amelia put her hand inside the package and pulled out a second present.

“Oh wow.  This is strange!”

“It’s a stuffed animal!” chirped Charlotte.

“I’ve never seen a cuddly look anything like this… Is it supposed to be some sort of purple octopus?  But, it’s only got three tentacles, instead of eight.  And why did they put hands at the end of them?  And look, it’s got two skinny pink legs as well.”

“Flamingo legs!” beamed Charlotte.

“And squashy yellow feet and green toenails!  Weird!”

Her mom peered at the toy.  “Very strange!  I wonder who came up with that?”

“Did it just­­—? Mom I think it just winked at me!” Amelia looked again.  But this time both of the toy’s large purple eyes stayed wide open.

“Really?   Well does it comes with batteries?  Maybe that made its eyes move?”

Amelia turned the toy over.  But no battery compartment, or anything else to explain the wink.  Why did it feel so warm?  Really too warm to be a stuffed animal…

Later that night, Amelia lay awake in bed thinking about her birthday, especially her strange gift.

A wriggle.  Something had wriggled at the end of her bed.  Amelia sat up and saw that her purple octopus present was upright and glowing, large purple eyes lit from within.

“Oh I thought you might be asleep,” said the creature in perfect English, but with a funny little accent.

Amelia was speechless.  It talked.  It was alive?

“Err…wh-wh…Who are …Wh…what are you?” she stuttered.

“My name is Uglesnoo and I’m from Pluto,” the creature replied.  “You know Pluto?   The planet?  It’s in our solar system.”

“What….Do you mean that you’re an alien?  A real alien!”

“Well I certainly don’t think of myself that way.  But I suppose I am to you.”

Amelia bounced up and down.  “This is so exciting.  I got an alien for my birthday!  So, you’re from what planet again?”

“Pluto, the furthest planet away.  But of course the most important!”

“Oh yeah,” said Amelia.  “I remember the solar system, sort of!” Earth in blues and greens, Mars all red, then Pluto, a tiny little planet, the furthest from Earth.  “Well…err…what are you doing here?”

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“Ah good question,” replied Uglesnoo.  “Well you see I’m an interplanetary trader…”

“A what?”

“It means that I travel from planet to planet in the solar system, trading stuff with all the different aliens.  For example, the Magolytes’ jeweled eggs from Mars are in demand everywhere.  And as for the Venutons’ bliss bubbles, well—”

“Oh that sounds so exciting!” said Amelia, jumping about.

“Well, it’s not a bad life,” Uglesnoo agreed.  “Unfortunately, I lost my spaceship yesterday. Although I think I remember where I left it now.   And I was tired, so I wandered into an Earthling’s house for a snooze.  The next thing I know I’m in a box with a book thrown on top of my head…”

Just then the walls started to shake.  A growling rumble grew louder and louder.  Uglesnoo clapped his hands over his ears.

“That hideous noise—what is it?  It sounds like a hoard of stampeding dragons.  You don’t still have dragons on Earth do you?”

Amelia sighed.  “That’s my sister Charlotte.  She’s a huge snorer!  She wakes us all up with her racket!”

“ZZZZzzzzsnort, SNORT.   ZZZZzzzzsnort, SNORT.”  The rumbling thundered through the house.

“How awful for you.  Most unfortunate.  It must get in the way of a good night’s sleep?”

“It does.  We’ve tried everything, but nothing works!”

“Pity, pity, now where was I?  Oh yes a book on my head…So, I became a present.  Your present.  But I can’t stay your present.  In fact I have to go.  I have rather urgent business on the Moon.”

“The Moon?  Our Moon?  Do you mean you’re leaving…to go to the Moon?” said Amelia sadly.  “Well, will I ever see you again?  You were my most exciting present.”

2.   The Quest

Uglesnoo squirmed, then a smile grew on his face.  “It would be handy to have a companion.  This…this task.  Well…I have something very important I have to do.”

What could a space traveller from Pluto possibly need her help with, Amelia wondered.  “What task?”

“My big sister Noolong got very sick recently.  She came down with a sleeping sickness, but a terrible one.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry.  But she’ll get better eventually won’t she?” said Amelia.

Uglesnoo looked at her with pained eyes.  “Not necessarily, the only cure is a repelling crystal from the planet Neptune.”

“Well at least there’s a cure!  How do you get an, err…a repelling crystal?”

“That’s the thing.  They’re extremely expensive.  I tried to negotiate with Queen Neep—she and her husband are the rulers of Neptune you see.—but she insisted I get everything on this list.”  Uglesnoo pulled out a crumpled blue note.  “Only once I have absolutely everything will she give me a repelling crystal.”

He handed it over to Amelia.  On it were a series of strange symbols.  “Err Uglesnoo, I can’t read this.”

“I forgot.  It’s written in Plutonian.   I’ll translate.”

Barter Requirements for the Sum of One Repelling

Crystal from Neptune:

Earth  5 Boxes of Dandelions

Earth’s Moon 10 boxes of Moo-Bons

Venus ­ 20 Bliss Bubbles

Mercury – 5 Pairs of Flying Shoes

The Sun – 40 Jars of Snapperjack Honey

Mars – 20 assorted Jeweled Eggs.

Jupiter – 10 Blazebolts

Saturn – 1 Portable and Fully Stocked Satsut Apothecary

Uranus – 1 Vial of Future Air

 Pluto – 1 Creation Vacation

Upon list’s completion, return to the Planet Neptune to receive one repelling crystal.

Amelia’s eyes widened, as Uglesnoo read.  “That seems like a lot for one crystal,” she said.

Uglesnoo nodded and rubbed his eyes.  “That’s not the only bad news.  This sleeping sickness.  It gets worse, and quickly.  I have only two weeks to get everything on this list before…”

Uglesnoo stopped and choked.  He blinked his wet eyes at her before finishing.  “Before she slips into an endless sleep.”

“You-you mean if you get this crystal to her in two weeks, she’ll recover.  But if not, that’s it!”

A nod from Uglesnoo.  “So you see the situation is urgent.  Very urgent. But if I had an assistant, these tasks would be more bearable. I wonder, would you…Do you want to come along?”

“You mean go to the…err…actual moon with you.  But that’s so far away.  What about my mom and dad?  And my baby sister.  And isn’t it…dangerous out there in outer space?”

“Oh nonsense.  I travel throughout the universe and I’ve never had any trouble.  Well, apart from that foot singeing business on Mars,” Uglesnoo said offhandedly. “Oh and there was the time my ship took a direct hit from a blazebolt…But that’s nothing,” he trailed off, noticing the alarm on Amelia’s face.

“Well, I’m not sure…” began Amelia.

“Hmmm.  It’s possible we could find a cure for your sister’s terrible snoring while we’re out there.  We have lots of medicines in outer space.  The Satsuts of Saturn are brilliant at curing diseases.  I trade medicines with them.  We have a lot of the same illnesses out there as you do on Earth you know.”

“Really?”

“Yes, well colds, flu, stomach aches, measles, sun withers.”
“Sun withers?  What’s that?”

“It’s when your fur starts to fade…”

Amelia giggled.

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“Oh silly me, you don’t have any fur.  Well you don’t have to worry about that one.  But if you come to the Moon with me, we can ask the Moochins if they have a medicine that might help your sister.”

“The Moochins?”

“Yes, the creatures that live on the Moon.”

“How many other aliens are out there?”

“Oh heaps.  The universe is chock full of them.  So do you want to come with me to the Moon?”

“That would be really exciting…It would be amazing if we found a cure for Charlotte’s snoring.  It wakes Mom and Dad up a lot, and they get so tired.  But I don’t know… it still seems a bit scary.”

“Nonsense.  I’ll tell you what.  This trip to the Moon can be our experiment. I’ll have you back by morning.  And if you don’t want to visit any more planets after that, that’s fine.  It really would be nice to have someone with me.  I am under terrible pressure here.”

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“Yes, I can see that.  Well alright, I’ll come with you.”

“Great!” said Uglesnoo.  “Get dressed and we’ll go and find my spaceship.”

What do you think?  Should Amelia venture into outer space with Uglesnoo on his quest?  What will the Moochins be like?  What are Moo-Bons and how do you get them?  Is Amelia in over her head?

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Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia. the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

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Fun Space Facts for Children: Pluto, the Dwarf

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The Dwarf Planet Pluto

Name:   Pluto is named after the Roman God of the Underworld and judge of the dead. Hades is the Greek equivalent.  As king of the Underworld, who do you think he has for a faithful companion? Yes, man’s best friend, a dog.  But this being the hellish underworld, Cerberus is no ordinary dog.  He’s a gigantic three headed monster (remember Fluffy from Harry Potter?) who guards the gates and prevents the dead from leaving.

Diameter: 1,473 miles; 2,370 kilometers

Temperature:  -356°F; -215.55°C

Fun Pluto Facts:  The planet was only discovered in 1930 by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  Venetia Burney, an 11 year old English girl  won an international contest to name the planet.  Pluto keeps the tradition of naming the planets after the Roman Gods.  It also seemed a good name for such a faraway and mysterious planet!

On July 14, 2015, Nasa’s New Horizons probe did the first ever flyby of the mysterious planet Pluto.  Thanks to all new images sent back, scientists know a lot more.  For instance, Pluto has huge ice mountains and vast glaciers.  One big surprise…Pluto has a blue sky, just like our Earth!

Pluto has five moons.  One large one named Charon and four smaller ones named, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra.

Unlike the nearby gas giants, Pluto is a small rocky planetoid, covered in ice.  You could actually stand on its surface.  But you’d need to wrap up, it’s seriously freezing there!

Next post: My next few posts will be about best books for children and fun activities for children.  After that, I’ll be back with some fun facts about the constellations, meteors, comets and other galaxies!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia. the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

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“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

 

Fun Space Facts for Children: Neptune, the Bluest Planet

Neptune Image

The Planet Neptune

Name:   Neptune is named after the Roman God of the oceans, lakes and rivers. Poseidon is the Greek equivalent.   Neptune the God is often shown carrying a trident and riding sea horses.  In 1612 , the famous astronomer and scientist Galileo spotted the planet Neptune, whilst looking at the night sky, but mistook it for a star.  So Neptune had to wait until 1846, when it was officially discovered by both Urbain Le Verrier, (French) and Johann Galle, (German).

Diameter: 30,777 miles;  45930.78 kilometers

Temperature:  -353°F; -212.22°C

Fun Neptune Facts:  In keeping with tradition they decided to name the planet after a Roman God.  The planet being blue, how do you think they chose its name?  Of course,   it had to be Neptune, the Roman God of the seas!

Do you know where’s the coldest place in the entire Solar System?  If you’re guessing Neptune right now, you’re getting warmer (or should I say colder?).  Actually the chilliest place in our Solar System is on Triton; one of Neptune’s eight moons.  On Triton, the temperature is a bone shivering, bitter cold of -393°F (-263.1°C) !  And you thought the North Pole was freezing!

Neptune’s composition is similar to Uranus.  It’s mainly made up of hydrogen and helium.  Scientists think it also has an icy core of water, methane and ammonia.  It’s rich blue color comes from methane in Neptune’s atmosphere.

You need to use a telescope to see Neptune.  And even then it can be hard to spot.  The best time to look for Neptune is in the month of August.  In the summer of 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft took the first close ups of the planet.  You can see one of the images above.

Pluto is usually the furthest planet away in the Solar System.  But Pluto has a strange orbit, so occasionally it’s closer to the sun than Neptune.  Then Neptune becomes the furthest planet away and for up to twenty years at a time!

Next post: Fun facts about the dwarf planet Pluto.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.”Beautiful Books for Children

 

Fun Space Facts for Children: Uranus, the Lone Side Spinner

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The Planet Uranus

Name:   Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel in 1871.  At the time King George III was on the throne in England.  The astronomer wanted to name the planet George, in honor of his king.  This idea proved unpopular with astronomers from other countries.  Instead they decided to call it after the ancient Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, (Uranus is another spelling of the same name).  It is the only planet named after a Greek, rather than a Roman God.

 Diameter: 31,764 miles/ 51119.20 Kilometers

Temperature:  -350°F; -212°C

Fun Uranus Facts:  What’s one weird thing about Uranus?    It’s the only planet to spin on its side!  Most planets are like a spinning top when pressed down.  That’s how they rotate.  But imagine tipping that top over and spinning its middle.  That’s how Uranus rolls!

Uranus is another gas planet.  Hydrogen and helium are the main gases.  Scientists believe it has an icy-rather than rocky core-made up of water, methane and ammonia.

You have to use a telescope to see Uranus.  When you look at it, you’ll see it has a blue –green light.  Sunlight reflects from Uranus’s clouds, which lie beneath a layer of methane gas.  This gives Uranus its distinctive color.

And then there’s Uranus’s funny name.  The only planet that makes school children giggle the world over.  However-according to NASA-it’s actually pronounced YOOR-un-us.  At least that’s the only way they say it…without blushing!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Neptune.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 

“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Fun Space Facts for Children: Saturn, the Famous Ringed Planet

Saturn Image

The Planet Saturn

Name:   Saturn was the father of Jupiter in Roman Mythology.  Kronos  is the Greek equivalent.  Saturn was a God of agriculture and also of time. Saturn the God is often depicted with a sickle over one shoulder, (symbolic of the harvest) and a clock, (symbolic of his role as timekeeper) held in his hand.

Diameter: 74,900 miles/1,20539.87 Kilometers

Temperature:  -218°F; -138.89°C

Fun Saturn Facts:  You probably remember seeing Saturn with its famous rings. But do you know what they are made of?  Rock, ice and dust, most of which are tiny!  How the rings came to be remain a mystery.  Some think they should have been a moon, that for some reason failed to form.  Others think that a moon existed, but then got broken apart.  Maybe someday we’ll get an answer.

Saturn is mainly made of gases; hydrogen with a little helium.  Scientists think there’s a spinning solid core.  It’s the least dense of any planet, meaning it weighs next to nothing, less than water.  If you could find a swimming pool big enough, Saturn would float happily on the surface!

Saturn is the root word of one day of our week.  Can you guess which one?  Yes, it’s Saturday.

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Uranus.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 

“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children