The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot

Book - 2012
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The Empty Pot is Demi's beloved picture book about an honest schoolboy

A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom.

The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom. "Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he proclaimed, "shall succeed me to the throne!"

Ping plants his seed and tends it every day. But month after month passes, and nothing grows. When spring comes, Ping must go to the Emperor with nothing but an empty pot.

Demi's exquisite art and beautifully simple text show how Ping's embarrassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.

An IRA-CBC Children's Choice.
An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists."

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©1990.
ISBN: 9780805049008
Branch Call Number: JP 398.2 Dem
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 02, 2018

A brilliant story to emphasize the simple truth behind the value of honesty. The only child in China who cannot grow a flower with the seeds the Emperor has given out - who is normally the one with the green thumb - faces the Emperor with shame and an empty pot. Unknowingly, the Emperor was looking for just this child, the one who was honest enough to show up since all the seeds were cooked beans. His honesty and courage are rewarded as he gains the entire kingdom and becomes their new Emperor.

In important books for character development, having integrity in a world that could much more honesty.

Jul 05, 2017

Excellent story to teach honesty and bravery!

Sep 10, 2014

We love the story of Ping and his empty pot! Very good moral story to reinforce honesty and the importance of trying your best.

happyblueblue Aug 10, 2012

a great book, for kids and parents too! very nice drawings to admire. a good material to teach kids honesty, courage. I love it.

Jun 24, 2011

Recommend! Lovely story of a boy who tells the difficult truth and does the right thing, thus winning honor. Read it several times to my 4.5 and 6.5 year olds.

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Apr 19, 2013

TofuFa thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over


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