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One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale Hardcover – April 1, 1997
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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.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4. A resourceful village girl outsmarts a greedy raja, turning a reward of one grain of rice into a feast for a hungry nation. Delicate paintings emblazoned with touches of gold give this Indian folktale an exotic air.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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My daughters love this story. It’s important when reading allowed to also do the “voices” of the raja and Rani. :)
Originally this story was in my daughters second grade reading book for school and we liked it so much I decided to order it on its own. All the illustrations are beautiful and the large pages make it even more of a quality keepsake book. I’ve got kids in age from 3-14, and they all love this story. The cunning mathematical aspect is just a bonus in the over all “outsmart the boy” concept that my girls all love. I also appreciate the fact that the raja did not propose to Rani, or decide to take her as his wife in the end of the story as a lot of the cultural stories do. And also that the raja admitted that he was wrong and decided to “make up” for his previous faults so to speak.
Overall a really cute story that kids of all ages can appreciate. Something different and fun from your typical Disney princess/prince story. And they are learning as they read too!! Bonus.
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So, I'm a math teacher, and I read this book to my students today. I teach high school.Read more