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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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A mathematical folktale about an unfair Raja from India. Every year, he keeps all of the rice for himself. Until a smart little girl named Rani outsmarts the Raja. She asks for one grain of rice that is doubled every day for 30 days. Rani teaches the Raja a lesson about what it means to be true and fair.

Teaching Connections: folktale genre study, character study, theme, visualizing, making connections, making inferences, summarizing, making predictions, asking questions

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Math Activities - http://teachbesideme.com/one-grain-of-rice-math-activities/ ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Nov 8, 2016 |
This book is a mathematical folktale taking place in India. The author sets the scene with a raja who is collecting rice from the townsfolk to save for famine. Unfortunately, when the famine eventually comes the raja decides to keep all the rice for himself. The heroine of this story is the quick-witted Rani, when she earns a reward from the king it is much less than he expected. In the end her mathematical prowess ends up allowing her to feed the whole land and teach the raja what equity looks like. The illustrations in this book are vibrant and engaging and the pacing of the story is well done. I love the integration of mathematics with storytelling to create an engaging lesson in morality and mathematics. ( )
  Alangenberg | Nov 2, 2016 |
An important mathematical lesson, a brave and smart young girl, a raja who learns humility, and beautiful illustrations - what more could you want? ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I use to love this book! Well I still love it and I have read It about 15 times! ( )
  the.jenna.bean | Apr 20, 2016 |
One Grain of Rice is a mathematical folktale from India. I liked this story for four reasons. First, the author paces the story skillfully. Before introducing the main character, the author takes a few pages to set the scene and describe the problem at hand.

Second, I liked the main character’s personality. Rani, a young Indian woman, uses logic, wit, and math to help her community survive a famine. Rani’s resourcefulness is showcased in the beginning of the story, when she devises a plan to outwit a greedy raja (king). The author gives the reader a better picture of Rani’s cleverness on the last page, where she inserts a chart of Rani’s winnings.

Third, I enjoyed the detailed writing and illustrations. The small historical details made the book feel authentic. For example, after Rani tricks the Raja into giving her 64 bags baskets of rice, the author writes that the Raja needed “thirty-two Brahma bulls” to deliver Rani’s winnings. The illustration on the page literally shows all 32 bulls.

And fourth, I liked the message this book presents to readers. Rani’s bold plan helps the reader see the value in taking only what one needs. Additionally, Rani’s story shows the importance of helping one’s community. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Feb 6, 2016 |
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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 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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