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A Grain of Rice
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Yearling Books
Publication date January 1, 1996
Pages 65
Binding Paperback
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780440413011
ISBN-10 044041301X
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.15 lbs.
Original list price $4.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A clever, cheerful, hard-working farmer's son wins the hand of a Chinese princess by outwitting her father, the Emperor, who treasures his daughter more than all the rice in China.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Over 200,000 copies sold! Now with a newly refreshed design, this classic mathematical folktale tells the story of a clever farmer who outwits the Emperor of China and becomes the wealthiest man in the world—all starting with one grain of rice.

When a humble farmer named Pong Lo asks for the hand of the Emperor’s beautiful daughter, the Emperor is enraged. Whoever 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!

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year for 9 to 12

Praise for A Grain of Rice:

“Gracefully illustrated. . . . This original story set in fifteenth-century China will captivate readers and perhaps teach them a little about mathematics.” —Booklist
 
Clever and quietly told in simple, yet evocative language.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Any young reader (with calculator handy) will enjoy the tale.” —Scientific American

“[A] book that is wise and humorous, and one to be perused and savored.” —School Library Journal

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780803892897
 
from Hastings House Pub (September 1, 1986)
9780803892897 | details & prices | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | List price $12.95
About: A clever, cheerful, hard-working farmer's son wins the hand of a Chinese princess by outwitting her father the Emperor, who treasures his daughter more than all the rice in China
Paperback
Book cover for 9780440413011
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Yearling Books (January 1, 1996)
9780440413011 | details & prices | 65 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 3-4 | 0.15 lbs | List price $4.99
About: A clever, cheerful, hard-working farmer's son wins the hand of a Chinese princess by outwitting her father the Emperor, who treasures his daughter more than all the rice in China

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