- By David Birch Devis Grebu

The King's Chessboard

  • Title: The King's Chessboard
  • Author: David Birch Devis Grebu
  • ISBN: 9780140548808
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King s Chessboard When the wise man refuses to accept a reward for his service to the king the king insists and so the wise man asks for a payment of rice for each square of the king s chessboard the amount to be doub

    When the wise man refuses to accept a reward for his service to the king, the king insists and so the wise man asks for a payment of rice for each square of the king s chessboard the amount to be doubled each day Soon the royal granaries are almost empty will the proud king concede that he has been outwitted A Notable Children s Trade Book in the Field of Social StudieWhen the wise man refuses to accept a reward for his service to the king, the king insists and so the wise man asks for a payment of rice for each square of the king s chessboard the amount to be doubled each day Soon the royal granaries are almost empty will the proud king concede that he has been outwitted A Notable Children s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children Full color illustrations.

    1 thought on “The King's Chessboard

    1. Similar to the story by Demi, this books introduces what happens when you double numbers, but also what happens when you are ruled by your pride. I liked the colorful illustrations in this book. My son read this aloud to me.

    2. This is a brilliant little morality tale that enfolds a clever bit of mathematics into its telling. The king of a realm in India insists that a wise man take a reward for his service to the king. The wise man turns it down, but the king insists. The wise man then requests a single grain of rice for the first square of a chessboard. Then he asks the king to double the number of grains of rice for each square on the board each day until he has reached the end of the board in 64 days. A brilliant l [...]

    3. Exponents! And a great lesson about kindness being its own best reward. A king wants to repay a wise man for his service but the wise man resists. After much pressure from the king, he agrees to a reward of grains of rice, each day multiplied twice the amount of the day before for as many days as there are squares on a chessboard. This becomes TONS (literally) of rice, and the king realizes his error. Set in India. Detailed watercolor illustrations. Grades 4 and up and up Do the math!

    4. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the pictures to help with what was happening in the story. It illustrates well the concept of doubling- very quickly moving into very, very large amounts. It also illustrates the problems of pride- and the concept of swallowing it.

    5. This has always been one of my favorite books, and it's great to see how I can now use it as a future teacher in my own classroom! This is a cute tale about a man who knows how to put his math to use. I would use it to teach the importance of math and more importantly, exponents!

    6. this book and story tells the secret of knowing something about doubling and the power of numbersthis book and story tells the secret of knowing something about doubling and the power of numbers

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