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A Grain of Rice - by Helena Clare Pittman (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 112

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Age Range: 9-12 years

Book theme: Asian

Author: Helena Clare Pittman

Language: English

Street Date: June 12, 2018
TCIN: 53632437
UPC: 9781524765521
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-4168


Over 200,000 copies sold! Now with a newly refreshed design, this classic mathematical folktale tells the story of a clever farmer who outwits the Emperor of China and becomes the wealthiest man in the world--all starting with one grain of rice.

When a humble farmer named Pong Lo asks for the hand of the Emperor's beautiful daughter, the Emperor is enraged. Whoever heard of a peasant marrying a princess?

But Pong Lo is wiser than the Emperor knows. And when he concocts a potion that saves the Princess's life, the Emperor gladly offers him any reward he chooses--except the Princess.

Pong Lo makes a surprising request. He asks for a single grain of rice, doubled every day for one hundred days. The baffled Emperor obliges--only to discover that if you're as clever as Pong Lo, you can turn a single grain of rice into all the wealth and happiness in the world!

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year for 9 to 12

Praise for A Grain of Rice

"Gracefully illustrated. . . . This original story set in fifteenth-century China will captivate readers and perhaps teach them a little about mathematics." --Booklist

"Clever and quietly told in simple, yet evocative language." --Kirkus Reviews

"Any young reader (with calculator handy) will enjoy the tale." --Scientific American

"[A] book that is wise and humorous, and one to be perused and savored." --School Library Journal

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