Celebrating IYC with a Children’s Book

In celebration of the International Year of Chemistry, South African children’s author Ginny Stone has written a children’s book about chemistry.

In “Sibo Mixes Things Up,” the main character–a young girl named Sibo–has made a huge mess and has to clean it up before her mother finds out. Her friend Lennie comes to the rescue and helps clean up the mess with a chemical “magic potion.” Sibo becomes curious about chemicals and wants to learn more about them. So her teacher invites a guest to come talk to her class about chemistry and how it helps them in their everyday life.

The book is the 10th in a series of Sibo books by Stone. “Chemistry only gets introduced to kids in Grade 6 or 7 in South Africa and I figured there is no earthly reason for them not to know about it when they are younger,” she says.

Stone debuted the book during SciFest Africa, South Africa’s national science festival, which was held this year on May 4-10 in Grahamstown, South Africa. For more information about the book, visit: www.sibo.co.za/sibo_2_011.htm

Photo by Ginny Stone.

Author: Linda Wang

Associate Editor, Chemical & Engineering News

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