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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 is a great book about a young girl who is granted one wish from the Raja in her community. The community currently is going through a famine and the Raja will not give any of the rice to the people. When a young girl is granted one wish by the Raja she simple asks for a grain of rice and that each day the amount of rice doubles for thirty days. The Raja laughs at such an idea and agrees. At the end of thirty days the amount of rice is so great that it takes two hundred and fifty-six elephants to carry all the bags of rice to the girls house. The girl gives the rice to the community so they are not hungry any more, and the Raja learns a lesson about sharing and being kind to people. A great book for teaching morals, sharing, and math skills. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 3, 2014 |
A country is ravaged by famine but their king refused to help. One young girl changed his mind and tries to save her land. This book is about rice farming and I love how it adds math into it. This is a great book for any classroom.

Reading Level: Primary
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
I enjoyed reading this book very much and I was learning while reading! The main character, Rani, was the bravest of all of the town and outsmarted the raja who was stealing all of the citizen's rice. The big idea for this story is to show readers that through sharing and honesty, much more can be achieved. A part of the story that I enjoyed was when Rani did not give up hope for her community when the raja laughed about how she wanted one grain of rice today, two tomorrow, four the next day. She wanted to double the amount of rice the raja gave her each day so she could have enough for the people in her town. Another quality about this book that I loved was the illustrations. The author, Demi, painted all of the intricate drawings for each page. When there two-hundred and fifty-six elephants carrying all of the rice for Rani, Demi drew them all. Because there were so many elephants carrying rice, the author had to extend the pages to fit them all! I really enjoy when books have unique qualities in them, and this one had many more than just the extended pages for the two hundred elephants. ( )
  laurenbutcher | Mar 9, 2014 |
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  shaemakay | Dec 8, 2013 |
A clever mathematical folktale from India, One Grain of Rice follows the story of a selfish Raja who hoards all the rice in his province, endangering the welfare of his people during a time of famine. When an honest young girl does the Raja a service, and he offers her the reward of her choosing, she asks for thirty days of rice: a single grain the first day, double that amount the second, and so on. Such a modest demand, thinks the Raja, who has clearly never heard of exponential growth...

With an enjoyable tale that teaches both a moral and mathematical lesson, and gorgeous illustrations inspired by the Indian miniature painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this delightful picture-book is a feast for both mind and eyes. Demi's trademark use of gold ink is very much in evidence here, and her fans will find the effect charming. This is one I originally read around the time of its publication, in the late 1990s, but I thank my goodreads friend Lisa for reminding me of it, and alerting me to the fact that it is just one of many retellings! I look forward to exploring some of the other versions of this tale as well, from David Barry's The Rajah's Rice, to Helena Clare Pittman's A Grain of Rice. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 24, 2013 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:20:27 -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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