Adventures in Numberland
Adventures in Numberland is a fairy story about numbers in business and in life. The target audience is adult but will work for older children as an introduction to business and the importance of numeracy
The hero is Piff, the wood-cutters daughter, a beautiful , strong-minded young girl who is thrown out of her home by her fat and lazy step-mother. Alone in the forest, Piff meets the fairy, Numberlina, who decides to help Piff by showing her how useful numbers are and how powerful they can be in life and in business. In return Numberlina wants a share of the profits they make while developing the wood business - and help in dealing with the Anathemath, an evil and confusing spirit, shrouded in a noxious green cloud.
Piff develops the wood business successfully, moving into furniture manufacturing and finally ship building. While expanding her business, Piff learns from Numberlina the importance of all the numbers (including pi, phi and e).
Because of her success, Piff attracts the unwelcome attention of the greedy Prince Baltigral who owns almost everything in Numberland. Baltigral, not the sharpest sword in the armoury, has enlisted the help of the Anathemath, to mislead, suppress and exploit the population of Numberland.
In the end there is a final cataclysmic numerical struggle between Piff, backed by Numberlina, and Prince Baltigral, aided by the Anathemath.
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