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Decimal Bakery

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S: Decimal Bakery Azzolino and Verdeschi

FC: Decimal Bakery | Original Story by Aggie Azzolino Adaptation and Reformatting by Laurie Verdeschi

1: Thanks to Aggie Azzolino at www.mathnstuff.com for allowing me to adapt and reformat this story.

2: This is a story of a boy named Red who learned that decimal computations are a “piece of cake.”

4: Once upon a time, in a small town in New Jersey,

5: there was a small, but very good bakery.

6: It was owned by a man named Deci Mal. He was a large, happy man, an expert in his field.

7: He knew how to bake and decorate a cake.

8: He knew how to keep his books and run his business.

9: Those who knew him well just called him the Baker.

10: The baker had an apprentice named Red.

11: More than anything else in the world, Red | wanted to be a first-class baker and wear his own baker's cap.

13: Red already knew how to bake and decorate a cake. In fact, he could ice a cake better than anyone around. There was just one problem...

14: Red didn't know anything about business. He didn't know much about numbers.

15: In fact, when it came to decimals, he just didn't get the point. | "Look, my Boy," the Baker said.

17: "Adding decimals is as easy as the buttons on my shirt. All you have to do is line the points up one decimal on top of another."

18: Do you see how he did it?

19: He was so pleased he tried a subtraction problem too and wonder of wonders it worked!

20: One day, Red got stuck. He couldn't figure out how to subtract $4.50 from $5. He couldn't line up the decimal points because he didn't see a decimal point anywhere around the 5.

22: The baker showed Red how to squirt the 5 with frosting to put a decimal point to the right of the 5.

24: Now we simply use two doughnuts as zeros and the subtraction can be done.

25: Red thought of short problems . . .

26: of tall problems . . .

27: of fat problems . . . of all problems.

28: No matter how hard the problems looked, all he had to do was line the decimal points up one on top of the other.

29: Next, Red wanted to learn how to multiply with decimals, but that's another story...

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  • By: Laurie V.
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  • Title: Decimal Bakery
  • Mixbook Adapted from The Decimal Bakery by Aggie Azzolino at http://www.mathnstuff.com/inc.htm
  • Tags: decimals math story
  • Published: over 8 years ago