The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot

This is another gorgeous picture book from Demi. It is a wonderful folktale that teaches children about the quality of being honest. In this tale a small boy is one of the many who have been given seeds by the emperor of China. They are to take the seeds home for a year and grow them into beautiful plants. Sadly, the little boy finds that his seeds do not sprout. Nothing grows. He has to return to the emperor with an empty pot. But, honesty is the very best policy and things have a way of working out. If you are looking for a book with dignity and beauty for a young child, reach for a book by Demi. Other books by this author include Buddha, Mother Teresa, Marco Polo, The Magic Gold Fish, One Grain of Rice and many more.

32 pages : 978-0805049008 Ages 4-8

Keywords: Asian culture, folktale, honesty, multicultural, diversity, diverse books, values, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, conduct of life

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


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.---from the publisher

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