The Empty Pot

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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 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.


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User Review  - Miranda - Goodreads

The Empty Pot is about the experience of a Chinese boy named Ping. The book shows Chinese children and an Emperor. The pictures are colorful and fun. They seem to be accurate to the set time period ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gabrielle King - Goodreads

This is a traditional children's book because it has a moral and could have been based on true, historic events. The illustrations are detailed, with many different flowers depicted. I think it is ... Read full review


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About the author (1990)

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.

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