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Emperor Ping, the boy emperor known for his love of harmony, sets a challenge to the children of his kingdom: show him the greatest power in the world. "To know the greatest power in the world is to know the greatest peace," Emperor Ping announces. "Whoever knows this harmony will become the new prime minister."
The children get to work right away and have many bright ide...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published February 24th 2004)
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Jessica Wenninger
This book was such a fun read and the pictures were really well drawn. This book has a deep meaning when you think about life as the greatest power of all. The Chinese culture has many stories much life this one where they talk about very complex yet simple ideas. I really think this would be a great book for getting students to think deeply.
Christy
Emperor Ping, the boy emperor known for his love of harmony, sets a challenge to the children of his kingdom: show him the greatest power in the world. "To know the greatest power in the world is to know the greatest peace," Emperor Ping announces. "Whoever knows this harmony will become the new prime minister."
The children get to work right away and have many bright ide...more
Abby Turner
Excellent story full of Chinese symbolism and wisdom
Kate
I absolutely think this story has such a great message to it. The emperor wants to find the wisest child in the land. So he brings them all to the kingdom and asks them to find the greatest power. Children bring money, flags, silks, and gold. But one child brings a lotus seed and says that it is the greatest power on earth because it represents life. Such a well written story. I would use this along with Tikki Tikki Tembo to have students come up with their own proverbs from their culture.
Marcie
Thank you Kate for having this in your book log. I always loved The Empty Pot as a great read aloud, but think this makes an even better beautiful and powerful respect book.
As a 2004 I can still use it in class. I would love to have students find or even better write their own definitions of harmony, power, and peace.
Lindsey
The emperor of China calls for all children to complete a quest. The child who is able to correctly represent the greatest power in all the world in a parade will become the Prime Minister in China. Will the answer be weapons? beauty? technology? money? or does the answer lie within a lotus seed?
Julie Suzanne
Another folktale starring Emperor Ping, this one shows that the greatest power is not in money, weapons, technology, or beauty, although that is what most people think when Ping gives his people yet another challenge.
Margaret
This is a great and just as lovely sequel to The Empty Pot with another valuable lesson on life in general. I like it.
Ubalstecha
With illustrations that while eastern in flavour are reminiscent of illuminated pictures of medieval Western texts for its use of gold. Story is not Demi's best.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I found this a disappointing sequel to The Empty Pot, which is one of my favorite children's books ever.
Sarah
VERY similar to the empty pot...although wisdom rather than honesty is the order of the day
Heather
Nice. A little girl knows what the greatest power in the world comes from.
Heather
Thought provoking with great illustrations.
Moe
Read in church.
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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...more
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