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Four Times Tables, (otherwise known as)

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4 times tables

Games and Stories to help with learning multiplication.


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Times Table Stories Currently Available

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Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the two times table


Here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table


Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the ten times table


And here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table











Four Times Multiplication Table Games and Stories

The Four wishes

A story about learning the Four times table

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This is a story about how Danny Starbright learns the Four Times Tables whist having a lot of fun, and without realising he is learning.

A wonderfully silly tale of brave knights who turn out to be incompetent cowards, a fierce dragon who is not all that fierce, and a fairy princess who is a right bossy little madam.

 In the latest adventure of the series, Danny Starbright once again finds himself in a topsy turvy world of crazy characters and silly adventures, and somehow along the way he learns the four times table.

 Take four knights on a quest to save a princess, the search for the fourth wish (why do wishes always come in threes?) and a dragon with a huge pile of treasure, and a kidnapped princess who he is holding hostage, and all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale are in place. But this is a story full of surprises with plenty of amusing twists and turns as the plot unfolds. A great adventure story in its own right, and a great way to get children to learn and understand multiplication tables.

The story is engaging and enjoyable and carries the information without formal teaching to the reader or listener, enabling the child to learn through play, experimentation and activity.

The Four Wishes has been used by teachers and home educators worldwide and has received excellent reviews such as the following:

"I read this story to my six year old grandson once, before he had started tables at school. To my amazement he got the principle of multiplying by two immediately, and, with a little hesitation, was able to recite the two times table up to twelve."

The Four Times Table Story, The Four Wishes is currently available in digital format on Amazon Kindle.

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"Professor Paradox's excellent book uses a story filled with interesting characters to introduce and explain the concept of multiplication in a form which children will both understand and enjoy."

Fiona Collins Phd Educationalist, School Governor and Former Teacher


Or if you would like to know what you are buying first, you can read a short extract below

He turned around, but there was no sign of the wall he had just fallen off. He looked ahead again. In the distance he saw four horsemen making their way along the winding dusty road towards him. The gnarled tree against which he was leaning marked the edge of the forest behind him, and in front a mountain rose up to the sky.

As the men reached him he saw that they were knights, carrying swords at their sides. They appeared to have been travelling for some time, for their shields and armour were tarnished; their boots were muddy, and their horses looked tired and bedraggled.

“Tarriest thou beside this highway for want of purpose? Prithee young sire, speak for thou art in the presence of fine company.” The knight who spoke in this strange manner was very tall and had the biggest and silliest moustache you could ever imagine.

“He means, what are you doing here,” said the second knight. “We're on a quest. I am Sir Cuthbert the Bold, skilled of sword and lance. Our leader is Sir Eloquent, The Fair of Speech, whose moustache knows no equal.”

“Oh.” Danny felt overwhelmed by these strange old-fashioned knights. “I'm Danny. I'm lost, and I want to go home.”

“Why do you want a bone, you haven't got a dog?” The third knight looked extremely old and had the most enormous ears, from which sprouted huge tufts of gray hair.

“Oh do listen Hector, he said home, not bone. You really should wash your ears out.” Sir Cuthbert turned to Danny again. You'll have to excuse Hector. Fine fellow, but he's getting on a bit, and he's as deaf as a post.”

“Ghost! Where? I'll run my sword through him.”

Danny started to laugh.

“No laughing matter you know. Can't have ghosts rampaging about the place.”

The fourth Knight was busy writing in a large book. “Sir Hugo, the Accountant,” announced Cuthbert. Hugo merely nodded at Danny and carried on writing.

The knights looked so silly but Danny tried not to laugh again: He was lost in a strange land, they had swords, and he had learned that even the friendliest of companions could get nasty if you are rude to them.

“I am most honoured to have come into your esteemed presence,” he said. He wasn't sure if that was quite right, but it sounded fairly grand, and the knights seemed pleased.

“Well,” Said Sir Cuthbert, a squire might be useful on our noble adventure. I propose that you join us.”

Although Danny wasn't sure that this was a particularly good idea, it was better than staying where he was, so he agreed.

“Welcome to the company of the brave and the bold,” said Cuthbert helping Danny up in front of him onto his horse.

“Hast though concluded Sir Cuthbert, thy soliloquy? We have tarried here overmuch and ere more time should elapse we are impelled to set forth on our long and dangerous mission and it would be as well to avail ourselves of the hospitality of whatever hostellery we may encounter in yonder hamlet ere long.”

“He means it's time we got going,” Cuthbert whispered in Danny's ear.

“Where are we going, and what's a quest?” asked Danny as they set off.

“A quest young fellow is an adventure in search of something. In this particular case we are seeking the fourth wish.”

“The fourth fish?” Hector was trotting alongside.

“I said the fourth wish, have you forgotten Hector? Think back. We rescued that fairy princess from the Trembling Tower of Throckingham and she granted us three wishes. But as there were four of us that wasn't enough to go round so we agreed to wait until we had another, so we'd have one each.”

“Oh yes. Another wish. I remember now.”

Cuthbert turned to Danny again. “We went to a lot of trouble to save that princess, had to fight all manner of goblins and wicked creatures who had imprisoned her. She was very glad to be freed, but only gave us three wishes. We asked for another, but she said wishes always come in three's and that was that. Well we couldn't agree what to wish for. It caused all sorts of problems: I wanted silver ornaments, Sir Eloquence wanted jewels, Hugo, being an accountant wanted money, and Hector wanted gold and some chocolates.”

“Now do you see the mountain ahead? We have learned that under it lives a dragon that has captured King Snailbone's only daughter, Princess Eleanora. We are going to rescue her so that she can grant another wish, and hopefully we'll get a reward from the king as well.”

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