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The author of the book: Helena Clare Pittman
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780613614252
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.56 MB
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I’ve read two other versions of this mathematical folk tale, and I think I enjoyed both of those stories more than this one. They took place in India and the motive for requesting the grain of rice was to better the condition of the people of the land. The illustrations were colorful and appealing. These two books are One Grain Of Rice A Mathematical Folktale by Demi and The Rajah's Rice A Mathematical Folktale from India by David Barry.They each have the subtitle: A Mathematical Folktale.
I enjoyed this book too. It takes place in fifteenth century China. I love most how doubling the grains of rice every day leads to such a large number of grains of rice in not that many days. I appreciated the work ethic of Pong Lo, and how he worked hard and worked his way up. The cover illustration is the only one in color. The black and white and gray illustrations are okay; I really liked a few of them.
What I didn’t like as much here as in the other two books was the motive. This is more of a traditional fairy tale. The young man wants the princess for a wife and it quickly becomes obvious that she feels the same way about him. So the longed for reward is the princess for himself; there’s no altruism here as in the other books. I enjoyed the altruism part of the other books, especially in the Barry book; it was much more emotionally touching.
Still, it was an enjoyable story and the math is sensational.
Unfortunately, there is no chart showing the rice accumulating as there is in the other two books. Those charts were fun, especially the one in Demi’s book.
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Read information about the authorHelena Clare Pittman has been an artist since childhood. She majored in art in Junior High and High School, and began painting seriously at the age of fourteen.
She majored in Painting at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, and was awarded her Bachelors of Fine Art degree there. She took her Masters of Arts at Antioch, in Painting, Writing and Education.
Helena has taught Color, Illustration and Drawing at The Parsons School of Design; Design, Drawing and Life Drawing at The State University of New York at Farmingdale; Writing and Classroom Methods at The City University of New York, Queens College School of Graduate Education; and Painting, Drawing and Illustration at The Nassau County Museum of Art. She has also taught both children and adults at the Art League of Long Island, as well as worked as an Author/Illustrator in Residence in many public and private schools.
Helena has published 17 books for children, most notably "A Grain of Rice" and "The Gift of the Willows."
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