One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary: Clever village girl Rana use her mathematical knowledge to gain a handsome reward from the selfish raja.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1997 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1998 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Booklist Book Review Stars, March 1, 1997 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1997 ; American Library Association
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1997 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- Capitol Choices, 1997 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Literature Choice List, 1998 ; Children’s Literature
- Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1997 ; National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 1998 ; National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
- School Library Journal Best Books, 1997 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, March 1997 ; Cahners
- Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1998 ; Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association
- Teachers’ Choices, 1998 ; International Reading Association
- Social studies: Where is India on the world map? Discuss cultural aspects of India.
- What is a famine? Discuss famine/hunger as a global issue. How did the raja prepare for an impending famine? Did he keep to his plan? Why or why not?
- Organize a food drive and donate to local food banks.
- Math: How could she get from 1 to 1 billion in 30 days? Discuss the doubling effect in math. Show chart at the end of the book, or copy a template of the chart with some numbers whited out…have students work with a calculator to fill in the chart. What is the mathematical equation for this?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Social studies: India; social issues such as famines
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. More lesson ideas can be found at http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?ID=L713
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library