One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

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Long ago in India, there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair. But every year he kept nearly all the people's rice for himself. Then a village girl named Rani devises a clever plan, using the surprising power of doubling to win more than one billion grains of rice from the raja.

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HealthyMom

Jul 28, 2009

Oh Yeah - the coolest math story ever!

A gutsy heroine, a selfish ruler, and unexpected mathematical delights! Don't miss the fold-out spread of sacks and sacks of rice being delivered on the backs of elephants!

RainbBarb

Dec 12, 2008

My second grade students are just getting an idea of how beautifully numbers can be manipulated and they're all fascinated with the idea of getting rich!
This book is a really neat cultural story covering both of those curiousities.
They love getting a turn to write each of the numbers on the board as each day the main character gets her "prize." The artwork is terrific and the language is simple but full of voice. Apparently someone else thought it great too as the copy I bought on Alibris last year has disappeared from my classroom! :-)

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