The expression ‘in the DNA’ has entered everyday language, but a West Swindon mum of two has written a book for primary age children which spells out what DNA is about, without using scientific references.
The Dinky Amigos are the creation of Lisa Mullan and she will officially launch it at Swindon Central Library on 12 August, 11am.
Lisa, who has a PhD. in Biochemistry, said: “I’ve told the story through colourful illustration and rhyme, where children follow Alina, Gina, Tristan and Crispin, who are on a journey to a dance in order to find new friends to rebuild their home.
“For young readers it’s an adventure story book, but the story and the pictures are scientifically accurate so it can also be used in the GCSE classroom and beyond as an easy-to-digest approach to the science of DNA.
“The story mirrors the journey taken by our genetic material during cell division. Hidden within the design of each page is information on the scientific course of events. A brief explanation of this is included at the back of the book for interested parents or older siblings, which can be expanded upon by teaching professionals.
“My idea is to expose young children to the shapes, maths and science of DNA in the tradition of ‘learning through play,’ before formal teaching begins at a later stage.”
Currently the book is available in Swindon Central library, on Amazon and in various local bookshops. It will also be available to buy at a reduced price on the day of the launch when Lisa will be reading the story. She will be running some science based activities and there will also be colouring and face painting.
“Come along, listen to the story, enjoy the activities and feel free to ask any questions about the book or the science,” said Lisa.