The Empty Pot
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The Empty Pot

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by Demi
     
 

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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

Overview

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 embarassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ping is a Chinese boy with an emerald green thumb; he can make anything grow ``as if by magic.'' One day the Emperor announces that he needs a successor, someone who can carry on after he is gone with the ruling of the kingdom and the growing of the flowers. He gives each child one seed, and the one who grows the best flower will take over after him. Competition is fierce, and Ping is heartbroken that nothing comes up, despite his careful tending. On the day of the competition, he is the only child with an empty pot; all the others brings lush plants. But the Emperor has tricked everyone by distributing cooked seeds, unable to grow; and Ping, with his empty pot, is the only honest gardener--and the winner. Extraordinarily delicate Oriental landscapes in round frames show Chinese architecture, foliage, native birds and clothing in a delightful way. And the story contains an important lesson on the worth of individual strength and honesty. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- When the Chinese emperor proclaims that his successor will be the child who grows the most beautiful flowers from the seeds the emperor distributes, Ping is overjoyed. Like the emperor, he loves flowers and anything he plants bursts into bloom. But the emperor's seed will not grow, despite months of loving care, and Ping goes before the emperor carrying only his empty pot. The emperor ignores the beautiful blossoms brought by the other children and chooses Ping, revealing that the seeds he handed out had been cooked and could not grow. This simple story with its clear moral is illustrated with beautiful paintings. Each page contains a single picture, shaped like a stiff, rounded, paper fan and framed in celadon brocade that subtly changes pattern from one spread to the next. Isometric perspective, traditional Chinese architecture, and landscape motifs are combined with Demi's fine line and lively children and animals. While all the landscapes featuring the emperor and the other children are in brilliant red, gold, and purple, the scenes involving Ping alone are predominantly beige and delicate green. Ping is almost always shown as a solitary figure in contrast to the busy groups of running, smiling children, reinforcing theportrait of him as a quieter, more contemplative person whose values make him a worthy heir to the emperor. A beautifully crafted book that will be enjoyed as much for the richness of its illustrations as for the simplicity of its story. --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Library
From the Publisher

“When the Chinese Emperor announces an unusual test to choose an heir-- the child who raises the best flowers from a seed given by the Emperor will be his successor-- Ping, unaccountably, is unable to get his seed to sprout....A lovely story, well told and most attractively presented.” —Kirkus Reviews, pointer

“A beautifully crafted book that will be enjoyed as much for the richness of its illustrations as the simplicity of its story.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466811591
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/16/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
410,992
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"When the Chinese Emperor announces an unusual test to choose an heir— the child who raises the best flowers from a seed given by the Emperor will be his successor— Ping, unaccountably, is unable to get his seed to sprout....A lovely story, well told and most attractively presented."—Kirkus Reviews, pointer

"A beautifully crafted book that will be enjoyed as much for the richness of its illustrations as the simplicity of its story."—School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Demi has adapted and illustrated many folktales for children, including The Donkey and the Rock, Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, and The Dragon's Tale. She lives in Carnation, Washington.


Demi, along with her husband, Tze-si Huang, has been a practicing Buddhist for more than twenty years. She is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, The Dalai Lama, Buddha, and The Dragon’s Tale. Her book The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush's Story Time. Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started drawing at an early age. She lives in Carnation, Washington.

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The Empty Pot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for good books for your children that do NOT place an emphasis on physical appearance (e.g., a Barbi image), a gamble and/or other inadvertantly or advertently poor teachings found in books such as 'Cinderella,' then 'The Empty Pot' would make a great purchase for you. 'The Empty Pot' is a simple story that teaches how valuable honesty is. It is a moral that not only children should be imbued with, but one that parents and all adults could stand to be reminded of. Also, 'The Empty Pot' is a folk tale, which usually means it teaches a moral, unlike a fairy tale, which does not and may have a negative impact rather than just stimulating imagination. As a parent, it would behoove you to do searches for books under folk tales rather than fairy tales and to skim through them prior to purchase, as not all folk tales are of equal value. 'The Empty Pot' is one of the best folk tales that I've come across in my search to buy great books for my extended family.
Betsy21 More than 1 year ago
I heard this story a long time ago on a TV show. I have loved the idea of honesty being rewarded and the young ones learning to be honest. I love the pictures and the emotion they convey. I love the simple lessons in this book. I would recommend it to anyone, young or old. I really love this story.
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ethant More than 1 year ago
I like this book. Because its a cool book. It is a really good story because it has cool pictures. Also the book was about flowers ,and I like flowers.
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nonnadonna More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this story ever since I purchased the softcover version years ago. Your online bookstore was the only place I could purchase the hardcover version as an addition to my home library. The book may seem a little over priced but in addition to the wonderful story it contains beautiful artwork.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story depicting the rewards of honesty, hard work, and perseverence. One may think it's merely a children's story, but the moral is for all of us. I've gifted this book to several young parents who know the importance of reading to their little ones at an early age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfu. It shows the value of honesty. I recommend this book for anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book that has charming illustrations along with the wonderful story that teaches complete honesty. Probably more of a favorite for me than my children, but they do enjoy it to - and are getting the underlying moral message.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a successor, the emperor gives children seeds to grow flowers and whomsoever grows the best flower wins the throne. However, the seeds are bogus and can't grow, and Ping is the only child who admits he couldn't grow his seed into a flower. Honesty wins out and this is a great book to teach kids not to be dishonest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Ping and his empty pot is inspiring to children letting them know that if you try your best and don't come out #1 you still win. It also echos the virtue 'Honesty is the best policy'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful tale that promotes traits that are needed in our world today: doing your very best and honesty . . . things that are often hard to come by. I highly recommend this book to parents and schoolteachers alike. My favorite quote from the book is from the father of Ping, 'You did your best, and your best is good enough to present to the emperor.'