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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
Authors:Demi
Other authors:Demi (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (1997), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Rating:****
Tags:@read, 2012, mathematics, childrens book, picture book, India, @own, fiction

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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 |
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. That's lots of rice: enough to feed a village for a good long time. This story could be used with grade 1-4 to teach math skills and to introduce the Indian culture. All of the drawings in the book are inspired by India and would be a great way to show what their culture is like.
  amcnutt | Nov 12, 2012 |
One day a raja told his people to give him most of the rice so he could store it in case of famine. But when the time of famine came, he would not give any to his people. So a village girl came up with an idea on how to trick the raja into giving her rice. After her plan succeeded, for thirty days the raja gave her double the rice he gave her the day before. At the end of the thirty days, he was left with no rice, but the girl said she would leave a basket for him if he made a promise to be fair, and take only what he needs. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 28, 2012 |
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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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