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Math Picture Book: One Grain of Rice

This is part of the Math Picture Book series.

My musical friend Christi Gell sent K8 and me a delightful math picture book recently. One Grain of Rice, by Demi, is both visually and mathematically beautiful.

It’s exponentially better as you read it.

And that’s not a figure of speech! One Grain of Rice is the story of a girl that asks for a simple reward for a good deed. She asks for a single grain of rice on the first day and for 30 days, double the amount of rice given on the previous day.

I’ve heard this story told in a variety of ways, but the illustrations and scenario of this book make it appealing in ways that outshine all the rest.

The illustrations have a gold-leaf feel about them. And Demi shows the quantity of rice very literally, down to multi-page foldouts showing exactly how many animals it takes to carry that day’s amount of rice!

It starts small.

Here you see her getting “help” carrying the rice from various animals on the 9th, 12th and 13th days.

And on the 16th day, she really needs this help!

Soon the raja’s getting worried.

By the 24th day, she’s needing to borrow deer from the raja to carry it!

By the 30th day, she needs 256 elephants to carry it all. And all 256 of them are shown in a gorgeous 4-page foldout!

Don’t miss this math picture book!

One Grain of Rice is also the tale of a greedy raja that learns a lesson through the cleverness of a girl. The magnificient illustrations help kids (and grownups) see the magnitude of exponential growth, without even putting that label on it.

Head out now to get your own copy of the math picture book One Grain of Rice, by Demi. And send a copy to an artistic or mathematical friend too!

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4 Responses to Math Picture Book: One Grain of Rice

  1. I love good math picture books, and this looks like a fun one! I recently taught my 3-year-olds about doubling using Double the Ducks from the MathStart series. This looks like it would be a good next step on that same concept.

    • I haven’t seen that one yet, Lilac, but I’m definitely going to put it on my Amazon wish list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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2 Responses to Math Picture Book: Perfect Square

  1. It is always great to see literacy links. I like the art aspect of this. We have tried to team up with the art teacher to reinforce ideas. This is one I may be able to use. It comes at a good time as we are looking at square and square roots as part of our unit on Pythagorean Theorem.

    • How cool, Richard! Please share some pix – or link back to them posted on your site. Or even tweet me on that. I’m so excited for you!

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One Response to Math Picture Book – Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

  1. Your reminder on spelling Fibonacci is cute!!! I’m sure you have many more… (Please share).

    Great feature on this wonderful book. We had the pleasure of a skype visit with Joe D during our 2nd Math and Literature Affair in Feb. 2011. The question and answer session was very memorable. Brilliant way of weaving his love for math, history, and art.

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One Response to Math Picture Book: Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

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8 Responses to Teaching Math with Picture Books

  1. Speaking of Marilyn Burns, we’ve been reading The Greedy Triangle. A book that’s not math, but still has math in it and is fun is “Press Here” by Hevre Tullet. My son loved it and after a few readings made his own “book pages” with sticker dots that had some simple instructions I had to follow.

    • Putting those on my list now, Yelena! I have told myself that I can’t buy new books until I publish info about the ones I have. Guess I’ll be getting on my publishing stick!

      :) Thanks for stopping by!

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