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The Organic Coloring Book Paperback – April 22, 2017
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"Does that have chemicals in it?"
When my daughter Kaylie was just four years old, she would ask me this question before trying any new food. She would even raise her nostrils and say the word "chemicals" with complete distrust. Somehow, little Kaylie had the impression that chemicals were bad, even at a very young age.
As a chemistry professor, I could not resist the opportunity to help Kaylie realize how important chemicals are in our everyday lives. So, the next time Kaylie had a food she liked, we talked about the chemicals that made it taste so good. Presto! Kaylie's fear of chemicals had been overcome and gave way to curiosity.
Kaylie and her older sister, Elaina, began asking me questions at any opportunity. "What's the chemical in soap?" "What's the chemical in this blueberry?" It was awesome. They had realized that chemicals are all around them and that many chemicals were actually good!
Given that both of my daughters love to color and had become fond of chemicals, we decided to make this coloring book so that others could follow in their footsteps.
All of the molecules featured in the book are organic. The word organic has many meanings in modern society and is often used to talk about foods that are grown without the use of certain chemicals. To a chemist, however, organic chemicals are simply those molecules mostly made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Organic molecules are everywhere: foods (even organic foods), DNA, sporting equipment, and medicines. We literally could not live without them!
So, we invite you to follow "Cheesy the Mouse" on a fun scientific expedition to discover some common chemicals. We hope this book brings to life the magic and impact of organic chemistry for children and adults alike.
Special thanks to Emma Baker-Tripp, Joyann Barber, Daniel Caspi, and my wife, Lindsey Garg, for all of their efforts to make this book a reality.
About the Author
Elaina Garg is a curious 10 year old. Her favorite organic molecule is 2,5-dimethylpyrazine.
Kaylie Garg is a creative 5 year old. She is especially fond of coloring (and ingesting!) the molecule sucrose.
Dr. Neil Garg is the loving father of four children and a respected Chemistry Professor at UCLA. He enjoys sharing his passion for organic chemistry with students of all ages. In 2015, he was named California's Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.