Carbon is amazing. In the form of a diamond, carbon is one of the hardest materials we know. In the form of pencil lead, it's easily broken with our fingers. Carbon is the most common element on Earth. Think of it as a building block of life; it's found in all living creatures, and it's so old, people have known of its existence since prehistoric times. Yet scientists today continue to discover new forms of carbon. This book will help students better understand the basics of chemistry as they learn what carbon is and how important it is in our world.