Annotations for Bean Thirteen


Baker & Taylor
Trying to find a way to get rid of the unlucky thirteenth bean, Ralph and Flora come up with an array of mathematical plans to get the job done, but despite their best efforts, the thirteenth bean still remains, in an amusing introduction to arithmetic.

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Baker & Taylor
Two bugs, Ralph and Flora, try to divide thirteen beans so that the unlucky thirteenth bean disappears, but they soon discover that the math is not so easy.

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Penguin Putnam
Ralph warns Flora not to pick that thirteenth bean. Everyone knows it?s unlucky! Now that they?re stuck with it, how can they make it disappear? If they each eat half the beans, there?s still one left over. And if they invite a friend over, they each eat four beans, but there?s still one left over! And four friends could each eat three beans, but there?s still one left over! HOW WILL THEY ESCAPE THE CURSE OF BEAN THIRTEEN?!

A funny story about beans, that may secretly be about . . . math! Sometimes you can divide, but you just can?t conquer (the bean thirteen, that is).



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