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The Empty Pot

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,147 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
An IRA-CBC Children's Choice.

An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists."
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Spoken Arts (first published January 1st 1990)
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Apr 19, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A simple story, sweetly illustrated, about the importance of being honest. Manages to impart the moral without being preachy or cloying, and is the kind of book that has always looked old-fashioned, yet never dated.
Oct 09, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great educational book for your children of all ages. My 5 yr old loved it as well as my 3 yr old twins. Lots of good information with beautiful pictures that will help keep children engaged. It was recommended as additional reading to my child's history lesson on China, and we all loved it. This legend from China is a wonderful story even adults will love. You'll also appreciate the subtle lesson embedded in the book. Can't wait to pick up more by Demi. A great addition to any children's libr ...more
Nov 08, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Empty Pot by Demi demonstrates an authentic experience of a Chinese boy named Ping. The author was not born in China, but her inner perspective of the culture becomes evident in her book. The story takes place in China. The book shows Chinese children and an Emperor. The illustrations are colorful, accurate and true to the time period portrayed, and all details of each illustration are chronologically accurate.

As we read the book it moves us into Ping’s experience on trying so hard to get a
Shanna Gonzalez
May 21, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful story about the importance of telling the truth. Ping is the subject of a Chinese emperor who is exceptionally gifted at growing things. When it is time for the old king to choose his successor, he tests the children of the land by giving them each a seed to cultivate and bring to him within a year. Ping is unable to get this seed of all seeds to grow, and brings his empty pot to the king, whereupon the king reveals his wisdom in a surprise ending.

This is an aesthetic, moral story wi
Sheeba Virani
Wow, one of the best children's books that I have read! This book emphasizes the fact that it is important to do your best always. If you have honestly worked hard and tried your best you will succeed. It shows children how honesty and perseverance pays off for the little boy Ping and makes him emperor. It helps children understand the value of truth, hard work and courage.

Extension- Provide children with a small foam cup each labelled with their name. Help them plant some flower seeds. Explain
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa
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