Science For Children
Times Tables Stories and Fun Ways to Learn Maths
Ten Times Tables, (otherwise
10 times tables
Games and Stories to help with learning multiplication.
Times Table Stories Currently Available
Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the two times table
Here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table
Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the ten times table
And here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table
Ten Times Table Games and Stories
The Mad Queen of Ten Town
A story about learning the ten times table
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This is the third book in the series in which Danny Starbright learns multiplication whilst having exciting and amusing adventures.
In the Mad Queen of Ten Town, Danny is captured by a Very Scary Queen, who on discovering that he is able to multiply and knows the two times and five times tables, decides that he must be a spy. He is handed over to her royal guards, Fatweasel and Rotbelly, who at first are terrifying, but in the end turn out to be a pair of buffoons. He is then handed over to the Castle treasurer who teaches Danny the principles and methods of multiplication within the context of the ten times tables. The Very Scary Queen returns, but Danny is able to use the ten times tables to help him escape and return home safely.
Danny provides children with a positive role model in the form of a child who has difficulties with multiplication, but overcomes them and learns that being able to multiply is simple and is empowering, and has uses beyond the classroom.
The Ten Times Table Story, The Mad Queen of Tentown is currently available on Amazon for Kindle download
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Or if you would like to know what you are buying first, you can read a short extract below
This extract is a section of the story - it is taken from part way through and is part of the scene where Danny is trying to explain the use of multiplication to the Royal Guards who are not very bright.
“Tell me, what’s all this about tables? I never went to school, so I didn’t learn about numbers. Mind you I can’t see what use they are to anyone. Bliggins, uses tables all the time, and he keeps telling us we are bankrupt and there is no money to send children to school, and no money to look after old people, no money to fix the roof, and our pay has been cut, and he keeps raising taxes, so I don’t know what he uses multiplication for.
“I’m only just learning tables, but I know multiplying is a quick way to add up,” said Danny. “It’s like this; you see how you have five toes on each foot, well two fives are ten.”
“Well I know I’ve got ten toes so I don’t see how that helps,” replied Rotbelly.
Yes but you have five fingers, if you count the thumbs, so if you have two arms and two legs, that’s like saying four fives which is twenty.”
Rotbelly just looked blank
“Well if five people eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, that’s five times five which is twenty five portions all together.”
“Eat fruit and vegetables! Did you hear that Fatweasel? Eat fruit and vegetables!” Rotbelly roared with laughter spraying bits of half eaten soggy muffin all over the guardroom. “Supposed to be healthy that is. Well I never eat any and look at me. Do you eat your greens Fatweasel?”
“Do bogies count as vegetables? Mine are usually green.” replied Fatweasel from outside.
Danny could see he wasn’t getting very far. “I know,” he said, wiping a bit of soggy chewed up muffin from his ear, “how much is a loaf of bread?”
“Three pence a loaf, it’s terrible, we can’t afford to eat these days,” replied Rotbelly stuffing in two muffins at once.
“So how much is five loaves?”
“I don’t know, and I can hardly afford one loaf, never mind five,” Rotbelly stuffed in his sixth muffin.
“It’s fifteen” said Danny, “three fives are fifteen.” So if you buy five loaves of bread you can work out how much it costs. Or if you go to the tavern and six people buy a pint of ale for two pence a pint, then it will cost twelve pence in total, because six times two is twelve.”
“So that’s how he does it. I wondered how the publican added it up so quickly. Maybe tables are useful after all,” said Rotbelly, cramming yet another muffin into his mouth.
“How about if you eat seven currant muffins, and each one has two dead cockroaches hidden inside it, how many cockroaches have you eaten?” asked Fatweasel as he waddled into the guardroom.
“Seven two’s are fourteen,” said Danny quickly, feeling rather pleased with himself, until he saw Fatweasesl double up with laughter.
“Why you rotten stinky nose wart,” said Rotbelly. “I knew there was a reason you hadn’t eaten my scones, you toad gobbler, you rat bogie, you filthy pig’s bladder, you lardy lump of guard fat …”
Fatweasel roared with laughter as Rotbelly ran over and punched him in his belly, which just wobbled like a jelly and didn’t seem to hurt. They were soon rolling on the floor punching and kicking each other and shouting insults, and as far as Danny could tell, enjoying every minute of it. Danny felt relieved that he hadn’t eaten any of the bits of cockroach that Fatweasel had hidden in the muffins.
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