The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot

by Demi

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805049008
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/15/1996
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 598
Product dimensions: 9.91(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Demi is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, Buddha, The Dalai Lama and The Dragon's Tale. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she lives in Carnation, Washington.

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"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

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The Empty Pot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part CaDemi. (1990). The empty pot. New York: Henry Holt and Company.Ping is a boy who lives in China. The emperor needs to choose a successor to the throne. So he decides to choose by using flowers. He gives all of the boys and girls seeds to plant and one year. The child with the most beautiful flower will become the next emperor. Ping plants his seeds and nothing grows. He does many things to try and get his seeds to grow. But in a year¿s time, he returns with an empty pot. All of the other children have beautiful flowers. The emperor chooses Ping to be the next emperor because he had cooked the seeds and his empty pot proved that he was the only one worthy of being an emperor. The unique feature of this tale is the tale¿s message. Ping is rewarded for his honesty.
kb143317 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ping is a little boy who has a gift for growing plants, especially flowers. The Emperor of China asks for all the children to come to the palace and gives them each a flower seed. He explains to them that whoever can grow the best flower from the seed he has given them in a year they will become the successor to the throne. Ping tends and cares to his seed all year long, but is surprised to see that nothing has grown in his flower pot. A dishearten Ping takes his empty pot to the Emperor and is rewarded for his honesty. I believe what makes this book so interesting is how the illustrator choose to display the pictures in a circle on the center of each page.Extension Ideas1. Have each student plant a seed in a styrofoam cup and measure the plant¿s growth each week over the course of at least 4-6 weeks. Then have them document their recordings on a sheet of graph paper. 2. Have students research what the climate is like in China during fall, spring, winter, and summer. Then as a class using a Vin diagram for each season compare and contrast China¿s climate to our own.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Emperor seeks a successor by holding a contest to see who can grow the best flower from the seeds he distributes. Only one child dares to tell the truth and present an empty pot, not knowing that all of the seeds were cooked and therefore useless. A lovely, well-illustrated fable about integrity and honesty.
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful tale of a boy with a green thumb in China. The emperor loves flowers and decides to have all the children plant a seed and bring him the plant in a year, he will then chose who will become the next emperor. Although Ping usually grows flowers with great ease, his seed will not grow. His father encourages his to take the empty pot anyway. It turns out that all the seeds were bad, yet Ping was the only honest child who brought back the empty pot and was named emperor.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story extols the virtue of honesty and takes place ¿a long time ago in China.¿ A Chinese emperor, and lover of nature, wildlife and especially flowers, decides to find his successor by holding a contest seemingly to see who can grow the most beautiful flower¿¿their best¿¿within a year, from seeds he provides. A boy named Ping, who does grow remarkable flowers, cannot get anything to grow from the seed given to him by the Emperor. All of the other children bring pots blooming with beautiful flowers. The universal implication of ¿honesty is the best policy¿ is revealed in this simple story when Ping pleases the Emperor by confessing he could not grow a flower from his seed. The Emperor announces that all of the seeds were damaged to begin with, but Ping was the only one to not cheat and use another seed, thereby proving himself a worthy successor. The story is vividly enhanced by the delicate illustrations, showing a variety of flowers in the children¿s pots and the Chinese landscape. Memorable quote from Ping¿s father: ¿You did your best, and your best is good enough to present to the Emperor.¿ Target audience K-2nd grade.Demi, . (1996). The empty pot. New York: H. Holt.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely story with beautiful art that has a moral message that will appeal to children.
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.'