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Curious about Capricorn the Goat? The Story behind Capricorn and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Capricorn Characteristics:  Capricorn represents those born from December 22—January 19.  Capricorn is the tenth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Sagittarius.

Myth and Legend:  The origin of Capricorn mythology is shrouded in mystery.  Capricorn is often represented as either a goat or a sea-goat.  As a sea-goat, it is shown with the tail of a fish.  Ancient Greek myths often had sea-goats depicted in their art, but little is known about the origins of these drawings.  One story that has been passed down through the ages begins with the sea-goat Pricus.

Pricus was the father of all the sea-goats; thought to be highly intelligent creatures that lived in the sea, but near the shoreline.  This special race of goats had the gifts of speech, reason and were highly favored by the gods.

Pricus is associated with the God Chronos—the God of time— and he shares Chronos’s ability to manipulate time.  Pricus’s children were drawn to the shore and began to spend more and more time out of the water.  They would drag themselves to the beach and lay in the sun.  Overtime their fish tails turned into hind legs and they lost their abilities to speak and think, becoming the simple goats that we know today.

The clever father sea-goat Pricus was very upset with this transformation.  He feared that one day all his children would lose their intelligence and unique abilities and become mindless animals, who would not be able to return to the sea.

So Pricus hatched a plot.  He used his ability to reverse time, so that the normal goats reverted back to sea-goats swimming in the sea, talking and thinking just as before.  But no matter how many times Pricus reversed time, his children continued to be drawn to the shore.  Time and time again their fish tails turned to legs and their special powers faded away.

Pricus finally realized he cannot control destiny and he allows his children to choose their future; that of becoming simple goats.  Soon he is all alone and absolutely miserable.  He asks Chronos to let him die.  Instead Chronos allows him to continue his immortality in the night sky as the Capricorn constellation.  From the stars, he can still see all his descendants running all over the mountain tops.  And that concludes the strange, peculiar tale that is the Capricorn legend!

Constellation:  So does anyone think the Capricorn constellation looks anything like a sea-goat?  No of course not, it looks more like a bandana than any actual animal.  Maybe a bandana that you’d put on a pet goat, if you’re into dressing up your smelly pet goat?

The best viewing time for the Capricorn constellation is in September at around 9pm; between latitudes + 60° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Capricorn constellation in the spring.  As always use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

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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).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication February 2018.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

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

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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Space Puzzle

Space PuzzleA little space puzzle for you to solve with your child.   Also, exciting news in that the third book in the Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventure Series is coming out very soon!

Watch out for, Book Three: Amelia the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon! For more details about the series, click on the following link:

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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).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

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

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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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 Jokes! How did I write this blog? I Planet!

Q. Why did the sun go to school?
A. To get brighter!

Q.What do you call a tick on the moon?
A A luna-tick.

Q.What kind of music do planets sing?
ANeptunes!

Q.What did the alien say to the garden?
A. Take me to your weeder!

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Q.What did Mars say to Saturn?
A. Give me a ring sometime!

Q. What do you call an alien with three eyes?
A. An aliiien.

Q. What is a spaceman’s favorite chocolate?
A. A marsbar!

Q. Why didn’t the sun go to college?
A. Because it already had a million degrees!

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Q. Why did the cow go to outer space?
A. To visit the milky way.

Q. Why did Venus have to get an air conditioner?
A. Because Mercury moved in.

Q. How do you know when the moon has enough to eat?
A. When it’s full.

Q. What is an astronauts favorite key on the keyboard?
A. The space bar!

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Q. What’s a light-year?
A. The same as a regular year, but with less calories.

Q. What did the alien say to the cat?
A. Take me to your litter.

Q. What do planets like to read?
A. Comet books!

Q. How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep?
A. You rocket!

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Q. How does the man-in-the-moon cut his hair?
A. Eclipse it!

Q. What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a space ship?
A. A u-f-ho-ho-ho!

Q. How do you organize a space party?
A. You planet!

Q. Why don’t aliens eat clowns?
A. Because they taste funny!

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Q. What was the first animal in space?
A. The cow that jumped over the moon!

Q. Why did Mickey Mouse go to outer space?
A. He was looking for Pluto.

Q. Where do astronauts keep their sandwiches?
A. In a launch box!

Q. What do you call a loony spaceman?
A. An astronut.

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Q. Where would an astronaut park his space ship?
A. A parking meteor!

Q. Why did the people not like the restaurant on the moon?
A. Because there was no atmosphere.

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).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

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

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

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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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Curious about Sagittarius the Archer? The Story of Sagittarius and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Sagittarius represents those born from November 22—December 21.   Sagittarius is the ninth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Scorpio.

Myth and Legend: Sagittarius the Archer is the Centaur Chiron from Greek Mythology.  Centaurs have the head and upper torso of a man and lower body of a horse.  Of all the centaurs, Chiron was the most respected.  He taught famous Greek heroes such as Jason, Hercules and Achilles and he was considered a superb musician, physician and of course archer!

Unfortunately, one day Chiron was shot by a poisoned arrow (from the Learnean Hydra) from one of his former students; the mighty Hercules himself.  The stray arrow was an accident, but as Chiron was immortal he could not die, but still suffered greatly from the poisoning.  Chiron went to the Gods and offered to give up his immortality, so that he could die.  He asked the Gods if he could replace Prometheus, who originally gave fire to man:  The Gods punished Prometheus for his gift to man and ever since he had been chained to rocks.  Zeus, ruler of the Greek Gods (Jupiter in Roman mythology) – touched by Chiron’s kindness in relieving Prometheus from his endless pain – put Chiron in the night sky as the Sagittarius constellation.

Constellation: This constellation looks more like a dancing spider, than a mythological half man/half beast.  But that’s constellations for you! Probably the result of poor eyesight in the time before contacts!

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The best viewing time for the Sagittarius constellation is in August at around 9pm, between latitudes + 55° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, you have the best view of this southerly constellation.  Your time to stargaze is in the middle of the winter, when Sagittarius is directly overhead in the night sky. As always use a star map as a guide and if possible a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

Extra Fun Fact: Sagittarius is Latin for The Archer.  It is usually depicted as a Centaur —mythological creature with the torso of a human and the body of a horse—pulling back a bow.

Next Post—Curious about Capricorn the Sea-Goat? (December 22 – January 19). The Story of Capricorn 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!

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?

kindle cover for upload

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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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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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Curious about Scorpio the Scorpion? Find out the Story behind the Star-Sign and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

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Scorpio represents those born from October 23—November 21.   Scorpio is the eighth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Libra.

Myth and Legend:  The legend of Scorpio starts with the Greek hero Orion. Orion was a master hunter and showoff.  He declared himself the best hunter and bragged that he would kill all the animals on Earth.  His boasts offended the Gods, particularly Gaia— Goddess of the Earth.  Gaia created a giant scorpion to be rid of Orion.  The terrifying scorpion chased after Orion, eventually stinging him to death. Zeus, ruler of the Gods placed both Orion and the Scorpion up in the night sky as constellations.  But he took care to place them far apart, so they could not fight anymore!

Constellation:  Scorpio is one of the biggest and brightest constellations in the night sky.  And it actually looks like what it represents— a scorpion—unlike most of the other constellations! However, like much in life it has been downsized.  Under the ancient Greeks, Scorpio possessed claws.  These were taken away by the Romans, who gave them to Libra, where they became the Scales of Justice. The best viewing time for the Scorpio constellation is in early to mid-July at around 9pm, between latitudes + 40°and -90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, you can also see the Scorpio constellation at the same time.  In fact, you’ll get an even better view! Use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

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Extra Fun Fact: Scorpio is Latin for Scorpion.  Scorpio literally means creature with a burning sting!  Antares a giant bright red star marks the center of the Scorpio constellation.

Next Post—Curious about Sagittarius, (November 22 – December 21). The Story of Sagittarius 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!

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

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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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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Outer Space: “We are the Planets,” The Solar System Song by Storybots

Check out this very fun space song for kids!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,  Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon.  These are the first three books in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.  The author is currently working on the fourth book in the series, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze.

Curious about the series? Find out more!

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

Coming Soon!

Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs
of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

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?

“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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 Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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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?

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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Book Trailer: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage by Evonne Blanchard

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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 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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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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

Book Trailer: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace by Evonne Blanchard

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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!

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?

kindle cover for upload

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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

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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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Curious about Leo the Lion? The Story of Leo and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Leo Characteristics:  Leo represents those born from July 23—August 22.   Leo is the fifth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Cancer.

 

Myth and Legend:   In ancient Greek mythology Leo represents the lion and one lion in particular: The Nemean lion.  This lion was much larger and tougher than a normal lion.  For it was also the child of two monsters; Typhon and Echidna.    After eating lots of people in Nemea, the famous Greek hero Hercules (Heracles) was ordered to kill it, as the first of his twelve labors.

Unfortunately, the Nemean lion had an incredibly tough hide, so normal arrows and spears simply bounced off its’ golden fur.  Hercules overcame this problem with his legendary strength.  He first wrestled, then strangled the lion.  He later wore the animal’s skin as a cloak.  Its special fur helped to protect him from other dangers.

It was later placed in the sky by the Gods, because the lion was considered king of all the beasts on Earth.

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Hercules slaying the Nemean lion.  Roman mosaic Lliria, Spain: Credit Wikipedia

Constellation: The Leo constellation is a big improvement on many other star clusters, in that the body of the constellation actually does look like a large cat resting. The head however is another story.   Where’s the lion’s majestic profile and magnificent mane? This head is more hook than handsome. In fact, the whole Leo constellation honestly looks more like a coat hanger, than the mightiest of the beasts.  But as constellations go—I have to admit —it’s more realistic than most.

When can you see the Leo constellation in the night sky? Well it’s easier to spot than most, due to the body of the constellation looking like—a big cat!  The best viewing time is in April at around 9pm; between latitudes + 90° and – 65° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Leo constellation in the summer and autumn/fall. As always use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer is a big help.

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Extra Fun Fact: Leo is Latin for lion.  And did you know that lions used to live in Greece?  Yes, until about 100BC, when they became extinct!

Next Post—Curious about Virgo, (August 23 – September 22). The Story of Virgo 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!

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?

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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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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

 

 

 

Curious about Gemini the Twins? The Story of Gemini and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Gemini Characteristics:  Gemini represents those born from May 21—June 20.  It’ late spring and early summer in our calendar year, but Gemini is the third Zodiac sign of the year, directly after Taurus!

 Good Things about Gemini: Affectionate, gentle, exciting, impulsive.  Hmmm, so you sound like a big fluffy golden retriever.  Not a bad thing to be.  Don’t let the fetch thing happen though!

 Bad Things about Gemini: Indecisive, nervous, flighty and moody.  That’s the other side to you.  So you’re a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character!

 Myth and Legend: Gemini the twins represents Castor and Pollux from Greek mythology.  They had the same mother-Leda-but different fathers.  Pollux’s father was the God Zeus-Jupiter in Roman mythology-yet again!   Castor’s father was Leda’s husband, King Tyndareus of Sparta.  Pollux was immortal, due to the handy fact that his father happened to be a God.  Unfortunately Castor his twin, who only had a king as a father-the poor thing-was merely mortal.

The two Greek brothers grew up to become famous explorers and warriors.  They sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece; the story behind the Aries constellation.  Then they fought in the Trojan War:  Helen of Troy, their half sister had left her husband Menelaus, for Paris of Troy, and the brothers were determined to bring her home.

Tragically Castor dies in the Trojan War.  Overcome with grief, Pollux his immortal twin, pleads with Zeus to let his brother share his immortality.  Zeus responds by placing the twins in the night sky as the Gemini constellation.

Element Sign: Gemini is an air sign.  Air signs are thought to be abstract thinkers and intellectuals.  Other air signs in the zodiac include Libra and Aquarius.

Glyph:  The Gemini glyph does not look like a pair of twins, no matter how hard you squint.  But the symbol does make some kind of sense, as it represents the number two—in Roman numerals!

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Constellation: This constellation looks exactly like twins—well if you like twin stick figures drawn by five year olds!  By as stick drawings go, it does resemble two people hand in hand.  The Gemini constellation is unique in the Zodiac, in that two stars make up the twins’ heads. Pollux as the immortal twin has the largest bright orange—cranial — star.  Castor, his mortal brother has a smaller blue white star.

If you want to look for the Gemini constellation, you can see it anytime between January and May.  The best viewing times are January  and February at around 9pm; between latitudes + 90° and – 60° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Gemini constellation in summer. Use a star map as a guide and an experienced star gazer to assist you is also helpful.

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 Extra Fun Fact: Gemini is Latin for Twins.  The heads of the twins are represented by two stars.

 Next Post—Curious about Cancer, the Crab (June 21 – July 22)?  The Story of Cancer 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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“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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Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace:  Book One

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