The Empty Pot

Book cover: 'The Empty Pot'
Author(s): 
Demi
ISBN: 
805 049 002
Copyright: 
1990
Publisher: 
Henry Holt
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
32 pages
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This lovely little storybook has been enjoyed by my preschoolers as well as my grade-school-aged children. As the moral of the story unfolds, this colorful story book exposes children to a little bit of Ancient China. It is the story of Ping, a child with a green thumb. However when the emperor gives Ping a seed to care for, he cannot even get a sprout from it. Yet all of the children of the land, who were also given seeds to nurture, return to the emperor's palace with beautiful flowers. Ping, humbled, gives the emperor his empty pot expecting to be scolded. Much to Ping's surprise, the emperor embraces him and names him his heir, for the seeds that he gave to the children had been baked and were sterile. This is a story that will give your children a beautiful example of honesty as well as courage and humility.

Review Date: 
7-18-04
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