A Grain of Rice

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1986 - Juvenile Fiction - 65 pages
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When a humble farmer named Pong Lo asks for the hand of the Emperor's beautiful daughter, the Emperor is enraged. Who ever 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!

Praise for A Grain of Rice:

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

"Pittman invites readers into her story through her choice of concrete objects, sensory images, and universal messages. She borrows from the motifs of oral literature, and also weaves in information about arithmetical progression and 15th-Century Chinese people, patterns, and traditions. Pittman's well executed pencil drawings ooze with emotion, and there is a fusion of text and illustrations...[A] book that is wise and humorous, and one to be perused and savored."-School Library Journal

"Gracefully illustrated with finely shaded drawings, this picture book tells of Pong Lo, a poor Chinese peasant who wins the hand of the emperor's daughter through his knowledge of mathematical principles."-Booklist

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User Review  - Inspired Kathy - Goodreads

Just read this story outloud to 4 of my kids ages 7-14 and they all sat and listened to it. They were fascinated by the math involved. Great story. Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Helena Clare Pittman is the author and illustrator of numberous books for children, including the acclaimed novel A Grain of Rice.

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