Many years ago, the color purple was available only to a privileged few. Making purple was tricky.
The dye was concocted from a certain snail, and later, from plants, bugs, and rocks.
Then it had to be soaked in minerals and . . . urine! The process was very complicated and expensive (not to mention smelly!).
Until 1856, when a boy named William Henry Perkin invented a new way. While testing a hypothesis about a cure for malaria, he found that his experiment resulted in something else – something vivid and rare for the times: synthetic PURPLE. Perkin, a pioneer of the modern scientific method, made numerous advances possible, including canned food and chemotherapy. But it was his creation of purple that started it all.
Written by Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn, Perkin’s Perfect Purple was published by Little, Brown, in 2020
★”Perfect for STEAM-infused reading and for grasping the value of serendipity.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
56 pp | 8×11” | Hardcover | 4-8 years