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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 book is a classic story that i have grown up with. I liked this book for its mathematical plot and its creative illustrations. The story is about a girl who tricks the Raja into giving her an exponential amount of rice every day. This story not only tells a fun tale but also teaches about exponents in a subtle way. This book also has a unique illustration style. The illustrations are in the style of traditional Indian art. This style is very colorful and simplistic but also very beautiful. For example, on the page that says that the raja collected almost all of the rice and put it in his palace, there is a simple picture of the raja on an elephant in front of his red and white palace. The main idea of this book is overcoming hardship. ( )
  pduste1 | Apr 27, 2015 |
This folk story tells the tale of a raja who most of the rice that the Indian people grew, and said he was saving it for when they needed it most. But when they went into a famine, the raja did not give them the rice. A young girl from the Indian village noticed that rice was leaking from a basket that was being taken to the raja for a feast of his, and collected the rice in her skirt. She brought it to the raja and he promised her anything she requested as a reward for her good deed. She asked one grain of rice, and for each day for 30 days that he would give her double the rice he had given her the day before. He did as she said, and over time, the amount of rice that the girl was given grew to enormous size. The raja had not expected the doubling to add up to so much, and he ends up with no rice for himself. The girl gives the raja one basket of rice, and tells him he can only have as much rice as he needs from now on. The raja agrees, and he becomes fair and just.
  jresner | Apr 15, 2015 |
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 | Apr 14, 2015 |
Overall I liked this story. The story made me hurt for Rani at the beginning, because I thought trouble was starting, but then as the book went on I began to cheer for her. The story is one of justice and kindness. It is also a book showing that one person can make a difference for many others. The illustrations were also beautiful and added to the story. ( )
  ehayne1 | Mar 24, 2015 |
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. The plot was well paced and organized, and by incorporating aspects of math, it created a story that can be used for multiple subjects. ( )
  ehopki7 | Mar 12, 2015 |
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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 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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