The King's Chessboard

David Birch, Author, Devis Grebu, Author, Devis Grebu, Illustrator Dial Books $10.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0365-0
Here is a tale full of exotic, old-world flavor which takes place at a palace in ancient India. Detailed drawings show a fortress made of tall minarets and spires, heralds astride decorated elephants, servants bearing shields, and a turbaned ruler bedecked in rich jewels. The story itself is a parable about a powerful king and a wise man whose simple requesta grain of rice doubled for each square of the king's chessboardproves to be an impossible challenge for the royal granary. A amusing scenario unfolds as the amount of rice multiplies daily, causing great curiosity among the villagers and embarrassment to the prideful king, who learns a valuable lesson. Ages 5-up. (March)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1988
Release date: 04/01/1988
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