math and social studies

The Counting Stones


By: Laura Bell

     In a small village in Uganda, there lived a boy named Akiki and his family.

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     Akiki stayed at home and helped his mother while his father went to work and his brother went to school.

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     One day, Akiki's brother comes home from school, but his father never returns. Akiki's brother is the man of the house now and must stop going to school so that he can work.

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     Akiki and his brother are sad about their father's passing, but Akiki's brother makes sure to teach Akiki something he learned at school each night.

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     Akiki loved learning math and practiced with sticks and stones while his brother was away.

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     Akiki sorted his stones...

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     ...he made patterns out of sticks and stones...

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     ...and he counted his stones.

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     One day, new people from America visited their village.

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     Akiki met a boy named Ethan who was about his age.

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     Akiki played games with Ethan and showed him his counting stones.

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     Ethan went to his mom to ask for some coins to show his new friend Akiki.

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     Ethan explained that his coins were like Akiki's stones, but each one was worth a different amount.

1 cent

10 cents

5 cents

25 cents

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     Akiki was excited to learn and count the coins Ethan showed him. He could not wait to teach his brother something new when he got home!

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     The boys show Akiki's brother their American coins when he gets home from work.

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    Akiki's brother smiled and pulled out some of the coins he earned from work. He showed the boys what his coins were worth, just like the American money.

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     Akiki's brother gave him some coins and sent the boys to the market in town.

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     On their way to town, Akiki and Ethan traded some of their money with each other.

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     Once they got to town, both boys were able to buy gifts for their loved ones with both types of money.

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     Both of the boys left the market that day with the best gift of all- the gift of friendship.

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About The Author

My name is Laura Bell and I am a junior at Oklahoma State University studying Early Childhood Education. I wrote this book about Akiki and Ethan because Akiki means "friend" and I would like my son, Ethan, to be able to read this one day to learn about math and friendship. I believe that all children should read about many different subjects and cultures to learn about the world around them. The world is a big place and there are so many things to experience and learn about each other that we should never stop finding new information and broadening our horizons.