The Empty Pot

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Henry Holt and Company (BYR), Mar 15, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
220 Reviews

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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Good moral, fun book, great artwork. - Goodreads
The pictures are simple yet perfect. - Goodreads
I felt like that was a major plot twist! - Goodreads
Great book to teach morals and great pictures! - Goodreads
Nice illustrations, good story. - Goodreads
The pictures are simple and colorful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ewelina Łuszczek - Goodreads

This book was a delight to read. It teaches about courage, honesty and shows that sometimes it pays off not to do what everyone else does. A nice lesson for the kids and a little reminder for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar - Goodreads

This story's protagonist is a boy named Ping; he is an excellent flower and plant grower. When the emperor has all the children in a competition in growing flowers and gives them seeds it is a test to ... 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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