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One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale (edition 1997)

by Demi, Demi (Illustrator)

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Title:One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
Other authors:Demi (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (1997), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Tags:@read, 2012, mathematics, childrens book, picture book, India, @own, fiction

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This mathematical book tells the folktale of a greedy raja from India and a very smart young girl named Rani. There is a famine in India and Rani comes up with a plan to trick the Raja into sharing. At the end of the story he promises to only keep the rice that he needs and share with the rest of the land. This book can be used for upper elementary aged children to teach the concepts of adding by two's each day. ( )
  AshlynWilliams | Apr 25, 2017 |
This was such a cute story! I loved the way the author was able to incorporate math into the folktale without it seeming forced. The story was sweet and the young girl's wit saved the hungry people. On the last page the author has broken down the math he used to find out how many grains of rice she received all together which I thought was a wonderful touch. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Apr 22, 2017 |
I LOVED the overall theme of this book! It teaches children that you cannot have everything and that you must share. It also shares the message that even if you only have one of something...it can turn into 536,870,912 in 30 days, just by doubling it! The illustrations in this book were amazing and so detailed. This book teaches multiplication in an engaging way and shares a valuable lesson at the same time. I was glad in the end when the girl gave the raja a bucket of rice and told him she would always share with him if he was never greedy again. ( )
  cedauzat | Apr 19, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book! The book makes students think. In the book, the Raja requires all of the people to give him all of their rice except what they need to eat. When a famine comes, Rani collects rice that was leaking from a basket and returns it the the Raja. He offers her anything she wants. She asks to receive one grain of rice and for the Raja to double it each day. Raja thinks that this is not enough, but she insist. The book goes on to tell just how much rice Rani receives. This book could be used to focus on kindness and/or selflessness and could be used for all ages! ( )
  Hanleighearle | Apr 17, 2017 |
This book is one that keeps students thinking the entire time. The book is about Rani who is needing rice to keep from starving when Raja the ruler of the province becomes greedy with rice. She then is given a deal to get one grain of rice the first day and then every day after that it would be double for 30 days. This book is great for math and having students trying to figure out how many grains of rice she would have at the end of the deal. ( )
  MadelynMaxwell | Apr 11, 2017 |
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Long ago in India, there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair, as a raja should be.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 059093998X, Hardcover)

Exotic, beautiful, and instructive, this "mathematical folktale" by author-illustrator Demi emerged from her love of India. The narrative and the evocative illustrations combine to create a real sense of the culture and atmosphere of this romantic land.

It's the story of Rani, a clever girl who outsmarts a very selfish raja and saves her village. When offered a reward for a good deed, she asks only for one grain of rice, doubled each day for 30 days. Remember your math? That's lots of rice: enough to feed a village for a good long time--and to teach a greedy raja a lesson.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:01:16 -0400)

A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

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