The second book in the Kid Astronomy Series titled “Dear Pluto” is live on Amazon and it is a #1 New Release in its category!
I’m excited, but at the same time I feel extremely nervous, as I do every time I am launching one of my creations. I’ve worked very hard and hope this book is better than the last. I’m happy with the feedback I’ve received from my debut children’s book, but of course, I want to continue to grow and be better every day as an artist.
As some of you may know, Pluto was considered the ninth planet in our solar system until 2006. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the organization which decides the names of planets and which objects are considered planets. The IAU removed Pluto from being a planet when Eris was discovered, which is not a planet, but had more mass than Pluto and is almost the same size, thus naming Pluto a dwarf planet.
The new findings and developments in space fascinate me. Now with the Moon to Mars program and the constant search for exoplanets, we find ourselves coming into a new era of discovery. Just in the way many years ago humans ventured off into discovering lands on Earth, technology has led us into discovering worlds in the Universe. We went from believing everything revolved around planet Earth, to believing there was only our solar system, to then discovering other star systems, to then learning of the Milky Way galaxy, to then discovering there are other galaxies in Universe, and who knows what is coming next? The Universe appears to be expanding, but what else is out there?
Possibilities are limitless and I’m only talking basic information here. The details become a bit more complex with the study of potential exoplanets and Goldilocks Zones, which are planets that could potentially hold life as we know it due to their distance to their stars.
Anyways, I can go on forever about this, but back to the subject of Pluto. According to the new definition of what a planet is, a planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit. Pluto has been demoted because it does not dominate its neighborhood.
“Dear Pluto” is the story of Pluto, which was a planet, got demoted and was very sad and felt rejected. After searching for his identity, he finds out he is a dwarf planet, and then he feels he is a part of something again. This book also gets into acceptance, searching for identity, belonging and friendship.
Teaching kids at a young age about astronomy in a fun way is one of my goals with my Kid Astronomy book series. This to me is our future and the more children know about what is outside our world, the more potential we have for discovery and growth.
Celebrating that “Dear Pluto” is the #1 New Release in its category on Amazon, we at Uncommon Grammar will be giving away the eBook for free this weekend from Friday, June 21st through June 23rd. Just go to the AMAZON link and download.