Why Is Milk White?

Why Is Milk White?
Why Is Milk White?

Why Is Milk White?

& 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions
By Alexa Coelho, By Simon Quellen Field


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.95 (CA $16.95) (US $14.95)

ISBN 9781613744529

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2013)


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When it comes to chemistry, most kids have more questions than answers. Why do you get cavities when you eat too much sugar? How does sun block protect your skin from getting a sunburn? What makes soda so fizzy? And why do you need antifreeze in your car? Teenager Alexa Coelho quizzed her neighbor, chemist Simon Field, with hundreds of perplexing questions, and now she has the answers. Field covers a wide variety of concepts from simple to complex, but always with straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations.            And for those readers who want to see chemistry in action, Why Is Milk White? also includes a dozen unique experiments to try at home. Lift latent fingerprints from a “crime scene” using super glue (for a glass or smooth surface) or iodine (for paper). Hollow out the zinc interior of a penny using muriatic acid, leaving only a thin copper shell. Conduct a paper chromatography experiment to separate food coloring into its component dyes. Or use easy-to-find chemicals to create plastic “slime,” Silly Putty, or a bouncing ball. This book is the perfect resource for budding scientists everywhere.


"Many of Coelho’s questions are things that other adolescents (and adults) may have wondered, and here they are answered by a knowledgeable scientist who gives readers all the tools they may need to understand the complex chemistry of the everyday world."  —Booklist

"Just the book to inspire the budding chemist, or simply entertain, while teaching, the rest of us."—The Pioneer Woman

“Whether a science project deadline looms or the readers at your house enjoy books they can pick up and flip through rather than ones that must be read front-to-back, [the book] will intrigue and inspire.”—Florida Times-Union

“This is an excellent book that teachers and parents who are home schooling their children will want to check into. It is an entertaining way to generate interest in chemistry and embark upon a detailed study of the subject.”—Book Loons

"...students will be eager to learn the answers to their questions. This is perfect for browsing."—Library Media Connection

Author Biography

Alexa Coelho is a curious teenager who asks a lot of chemistry questions. Simon Quellen Field is the author of Culinary Reactions, Gonzo Gizmos, and Why There’s Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste and the creator of the popular website www.scitoys.com. They both live in Los Gatos, California.