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...