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.
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Artwork inspired by traditional Indian miniature paintings - including a four-page gatefold - is "visually striking." -- Publishers Weekly.
"While there are other versions of this folktale available, none match Demi's for authenticity, illustrative grandeur, and textual clarity." -- School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 9|
|Publication Date||Apr 1, 1997|