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One Grain of Rice, a Mathematical Folktale Picture Book - Alder & Alouette

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 of the people's rice for himself. Then when famine came, the raja refused to share the rice, and the people went hungry.

Then a village girl named Rani devises a clever plan. She does a good deed for the raja, and in return the raja lets her choose her reward. Rani asks for just one grain of rice, doubled every day for thirty days.

Through the surprising power of doubling, one grain of rice grows into more than one billion grains of rice - and Rani teaches the raja a lesson about what it truly means to be wise and fair.

Demi's exquisitely detailed art, inspired by traditional Indian miniature paintings, combine with her simple retelling to convey the heart and wisdom of this satisfying mathematical tale.


Red Clover Award | Nominee | Picture Book | 1999 ; Black-Eyed Susan Award | Nominee | Picture Book | 1998 - 1999



  • One Grain of Rice, A Mathematical Folktale
  • Written and illustrated by Demi.
  • Published by Scholastic Press, April 1, 1997.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.4" H x 10.0" L x 9.9" W (1.0 lbs) 40 pages
  • Hardcover