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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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I loved this story. This book serves as a multi-subject educational tool that can be used in any classroom. The moral of the story teaches students to use their brains to solve problems, be selfless, and to never underestimate a person or idea. This picture book can be used in a read aloud for a reading or writing lesson or as an engagement for a math lesson. The plot is based around a simple mathematical pattern that shows students that small things can lead to great things. The illustrations in this story are vibrant, descriptive, and show the progression of the mathematical concepts in a very clear way so that students can understand the differences from the beginning to the end of the story. The characters are developed well and I enjoyed that they have a young servant girl as the hero to the story. I would recommend this book for any classroom. ( )
  mskell2 | Feb 21, 2015 |
This is a story from India. The Raja of the land is selfish with the rice the people have grown. He keeps most of it for himself. When a famine comes he refuses to help the people as he promised. A young girl Rani is able to use her wisdom to get the rice back for the people. This is a good one for preschool and even older children.
  jdhaynes | Feb 15, 2015 |
This was such a fun book. It taught the lesson of sharing. It is about a Raja from India who demands that his people give him all the rice they grow in their crops. The Raja he says he will store all the rice for when a famine strikes. A famine does strike, and the Raja does not give the people the rice for he fears that he will not have enough rice for himself. Then a little girl in the palace does a good deed and Raja grants her one wish. Her wish is to to get a one grain of rice for 30 days and each day the grains of rice go up. By the end of her thirty-days she has all of palace's supply of rice. The Raja sticks to his word but begs the little girl for some of his rice back. She agrees but only if the Raja promises to always share the rice supply with his people. The lesson at the end shows how important sharing is and to not only just think of yourself. To be wise and giving to your kingdom. Kids will love this book. It is easy to read and it has a great lesson in the end. This book is an example of a folktale. ( )
  sarahetuemmler | Feb 8, 2015 |
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 |
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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 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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