Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer

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Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer is the story of a queen learning everything about the solar system.

“Good morning my beautiful Queen, I am so happy that you have decided to learn all about Astronomy for this adventuresome year.” Sir Heathybean greeted the Queen as she entered his lab filled with telescopes both big and small.

The Queen was intrigued by Sir Heathybean’s unkept hair and fuzzy bunny slippers. What an exciting year it is going to be to have a new friend each month teach her about a different planet.

“Come my Queen let’s begin our journey around the solar system and we will tell all of the wonderful readers from Authors’ Lounge about our universe.”

Queen Vernita Meets Sir Heathybean the Astronomer is one of the multi-award-winning educational adventure series books included in the Queen Vernita’s Visitors series. Sir Heathybean is a real-life astronomer and takes his readers on an educational journey teaching a new planet each month and seven facts per planet. Sir Heathybean also has a few very special friends. Glen has Down Syndrome and Jake has Cerebral Palsy and help Sir Heathybean learn all about their disabilities.

Let’s hear what readers think about Queen Vernita Meets Sir Heathybean the Astronomer “Sarah Moore 5.0 out of 5 stars Each Installment in the series Series is Better Than the Last!

Just earlier today, I sat riveted to a documentary on The History Channel that charted the presumed future of the sun. I watched a demonstration of how the gases that comprise this large star will eventually expand, consuming the Earth and other planets along the way, and then how all of the matter of the universe will explode under the force of a “dark energy” that has yet to be fully understood. I was fascinated by every moment of the program and found myself imagining a class of children learning this exact same information. Would they find these details as amazing as I do? How can we help to encourage a desire to learn more about the expanse that surrounds us, as there is still so much more to know? In her newest addition to the Queen Vernita series, Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, author Dawn Menge offers us one great tool that I believe will get children excited about space and astronomy.

For readers who are not already familiar with Queen Vernita, she is a character created by Menge to teach children about the months of the year and the days of the week through repetition, beautiful illustrations, and visitors whose personalities are pulled from the author’s own life. Each month, the queen welcomes a new friend to spend time with her and the readers learn what the two do or learn every day of the week. In Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, the Sir Heathybean and Cora the Teacher are invited to stay at her home for an entire year and teach her and her friends about some of the heavenly bodies that surround us.

Each of the nine planets, the sun, the moon, and asteroids and comets receives focus in the book. What I love about Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, and all of the books in the series, is that Dawn Menge displays a contagious excitement for learning in each of her characters. They love spending time with Queen Vernita as they explore Venus or the sun or a comet, and each page ends detailing ways in which the learning will be extended when that month’s visitor returns home. This desire to discover is particularly important given the diversity of people who come to visit Queen Vernita. Males, females, the young, the old, and those who were born with physical or mental challenges–all are welcome and treated with respect and high expectations. I also enjoy the fact that the details included in this book go beyond the basic facts you would be expected to know on a fourth or fifth grade exam. For example, young readers will learn that Mars is called the Red Planet due to the iron oxide present on its surface and that the temperature in the center of Jupiter might be as high as 43,000 degrees Fahrenheit! “ I had the opportunity to read Dawn Menge’s first Queen Vernita book more than two years ago and became a fan immediately. Menge continues to offer the quality writing and attention to detail that her previous books provided and adds wonderful facts about a subject in which we really need to get more young people excited. This book is one that I recommend for every home collection and school library! “

The Queen’s adventures range from PreK-6th grade. The Prek-2nd grade titles include Queen Vernita’s Visitors, Queen Vernita’s Magical Christmas Train Ride and Queen Vernita sleeps by the Sandy fireside. Second-fourth grade would include Queen Vernita visits the Islands of Enchantment, Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneers Coastline, and Queen Vernita visits the Blue Ice Mountain. For the higher learning readers, the Queen offers; Queen Vernita Conquers the Volcanic Islands, Queen Vernita travels on an Old Fashioned Paddleboat, Queen Vernita visits Gator Country and Queen Vernita visits Baja Quails.

The Queen Vernita’s educational series is named after my grandmother and is based on our real-life adventures. The series has won over 41 International awards including the Conquering Disabilities with film festival. The series and an additional new tale titled Dragon’s Breath is included in the Action on Film mega fest that will be held in Vegas the last week of July. Currently, the series and the book trailers will be awarded at the Conquering Disabilities with film, Action on Film, Hollywood Dreams and the Miracle Mile film festivals.


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