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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 reading this book! It was almost like a version of Robin Hood- the main character took from the rich to give to the poor, but showed her character at the end by still letting the king have his share of the rice. I think this book is great to read to children of all ages, because the main idea of the story really is kindness, fairness, and treating others as you want to be treated.This is a good one for preschool and even older children. ( )
  augustaspors | May 9, 2017 |
In this book the raja began to store all the rice to save for the drought, but when the drought came he did not give the rice to the people. He was moving the rice and it fell from a basket and a young girl began picking up the rice and returned it to the raja. He wanted to reward her and she tells him that each day she wants him to double the rice each day. The raja realizes this is not what he bargained for and promises to only take what rice he needs. This book is great for teaching cross subjects such as reading and math. ( )
  hannahcole | May 1, 2017 |
A greedy raja is leading unfairly and taking all of the rice from the people in his kingdom. When a young girl collects rice fallen from a basket and returns it, the raja offers her a reward. They make a deal which initially seems meager. The raja quickly realizes he is giving much more than he thought he originally bargained for. This story is an example of a folktale. It also serves as a great text to base math related activities and lessons from. As the rice in the story multiplies, this story is sure to keep readers thinking. ( )
  Cayetlin_Hardeman | Apr 30, 2017 |
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 |
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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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