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This story takes place in China. When the emperor gives every child a seed to plant, Ping is excited to plant his seed. Ping is great at growing flowers and loves flowers, but sadly he is not able to get this seed to grow. When the emperor has the children bring him their pots, Ping must bring him an empty pot. One might think the emperor would be disappointed that Ping was unable to grow a flower, but that is not the case. Instead the emperor is proud of Ping’s honesty. This book is great for children and it teaches them that even if they cannot do something, it is better to be honest than to lie. The beautiful pictures in the book bring a peaceful and relaxing feeling. This book was also named, “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for children” by the National Education Association.  

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This is a perfect story to teach children about the value of telling the truth, no matter what that truth may be. The emperor asks 50 young boys to bring back a pot of seeds after the seeds have blossomed; the young Ping is the only one who brings an empty pot to the emperor. This empty pot is how he knew Ping was the only boy who was honest and courageous enough to bring the pot with the seeds he was given. Unfortunately, when the other boys saw their seeds were not growing, they put in fake seeds and brought beautiful blossomed flowers to the emperor. EXCELLENT children's book about honesty and courage. 

Honesty Lesson

User Review  - carrie l. -

This book is a great story for teaching honesty and integrity to young children without being o Etsy preachy. Illustrations are precious! Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

A modern elementary school favorite to read aloud, shows that honesty and integrity makes a great leader, not having the best "stuff." Read full review

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