The King's Chessboard by David Birch

The King's Chessboard

byDavid BirchIllustratorGrebu Devis

Paperback | July 1, 1993

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“Masterfully told.”—School Library Journal 

A great story for children learning mathematical concepts, The King’s Chessboard tells the story of a wise man who refuses the king’s reward for completing a favor. When the king insists the man accept a reward, the man proposes a deal: He will take a payment of rice equal to each square on the king’s chessboard—doubling the amount he receives with each day. This quickly empties out the royal coffers. . . .  

A Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children

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Title:The King's ChessboardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.44 × 0.13 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140548807

ISBN - 13:9780140548808

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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CWhen 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