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The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot

By Demi


The Empty Pot

By Demi

ratings:
4.5/5 (21 ratings)
Length:
34 pages
20 minutes
Released:
Oct 16, 2007
ISBN:
9781466811577
Format:
Book

Description

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Ping is a little boy with a green thumb who lives in China. Everything he plans grows beautiful, thriving blooms. Lucky for Ping, the Emperor loves flowers. When it comes time to choose an heir, he presents a challenge. He gives seeds to every child in his kingdom. Whoever grows the most beautiful plant after one year will be next in line for the throne.

Excited to show his skills, Ping plants his seed and tends it carefully. Despite his best efforts, he sees no progress for months. He begins to feel hopeless as the one-year mark approaches. On the day of evaluation, Ping has nothing to show but an empty pot.

The Empty Pot is a classic children's picture book about the value of honesty. It is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists.” With an important lesson and beautiful illustrations, this story is a favorite among teachers, parents, and children.

Released:
Oct 16, 2007
ISBN:
9781466811577
Format:
Book

About the author

Demi, along with her husband, Tze-si Huang, has been a practicing Buddhist for more than twenty years. She is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, The Dalai Lama, Buddha, and The Dragon’s Tale. Her book The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush's Story Time. Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started drawing at an early age. She lives in Carnation, Washington.

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  • (5/5)
    This book was great for giving students the opportunity to learn about trust. Since Ping worked and worked to make his plant grow but still nothing grew. He still went and told the emperor that nothing grew. This was all he was looking for in a person to take over the kingdom. The Empty Pot allows students to see an example of hard work and perseverance. Perseverance could be applied to school tasks also. Overall this book was very good!
  • (4/5)
    The Empty Pot is a short story about a little boy trying to grow a flower to become emperor. Ping, the little boy, is a talented gardener usually, but as he attempts to grow this flower it doesn't work. The story has a moral of being honest and has a different way of getting the point across. In the classroom this book could be used for elementary students studying different cultures. It could also transfer into some really cool art or science lessons. Possibly, creating flower art or actually growing the flowers. I think that students would really enjoy the art in the book and the extension lessons that could come about.
  • (5/5)
    The Empty Pot is a morality tale where Ping, a Chinese boy with a green thumb, is challenged by the Emperor along with all the other children of the land to grow the best plant from special flower seeds in order to determine the next ruler. Ping tries his very best but his seeds do not grow into a plant and although he is humbled, he brings a barren pot before the Emperor as show of honesty while the other children display fully bloomed plants. The Emperor then reveals he has cooked the seeds ahead of time as a test to their truthfulness and because Ping did not deceive the leader, he has proven himself as the most honorable competitor and is rewarded by being named the next Emperor.Demi does not mention or provide a citation for the original source of the folktale. The plot is simple and direct and I would recommend it to students in grades K-5. The theme of honesty is clearly portrayed. Demi's illustrations are beautiful and provide readers with a glimpse of old Chinese culture. Moral and cultural norms can be understood by children of all nationalities.
  • (5/5)
    When the Chinese emperor proclaims that his successor will be the child who grows the most beautiful flowers from the seeds the emperor distributes, Ping is overjoyed. Like the emperor, he loves flowers and anything he plants bursts into bloom. But the emperor's seed will not grow, despite months of loving care, and Ping goes before the emperor carrying only his empty pot. The emperor ignores the beautiful blossoms brought by the other children and chooses Ping, revealing that the seeds he handed out had been cooked and could not grow.
  • (5/5)
    The Empty Pot is a tale from Chinese folklore exquisitely drawn and interpreted by Demi. The protagonist is Ping, a young boy with a gift for gardening. Ping and all the other children of the kingdom are given flower seeds by the elderly Emperor for a competition to “show their best in a year’s time” to succeed the emperor to the throne. Ping painstakingly tends the seed for a year, but the seed fails to grow into a flower. Ping is afraid to bring the empty pot to the Emperor, but his father tells him to go because, “You did your best, and your best is good enough to present to the Emperor.” Ping cries as he presents his pot to the Emperor because all the other children have beautiful flowers, but the Emperor smiles and says, “I have found the one person worthy of being Emperor!” The seeds the Emperor gave to the children had been cooked and could not grow; thus Ping’s honesty and courage are rewarded. Demi’s illustrations, meticulously rendered ink drawings in oval panels in the style of Chinese paintings, relate the parable of honest labor and courage rewarded in gentle and contemplative manner. 
  • (4/5)
    A modern elementary school favorite to read aloud, shows that honesty and integrity makes a great leader, not having the best "stuff."