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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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published February 24th 2004)
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HeatherAnne Norbury
Jan 27, 2017 HeatherAnne Norbury rated it really liked it
We read this as part of our unit on China in the Middle Ages. Beautifully illustrated with a lovely message on what is the greatest power in the world. Another great book by Demi.
Kate
May 04, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
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.
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."
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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.
Jessica Wenninger
Feb 25, 2014 Jessica Wenninger rated it liked it
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.
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?
Shannon
Jan 16, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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This is a lovely sequel to "The Empty Pot." Ping is now Emperor and looking for a wise Prime Minister. He puts the children of his kingdom to the test by asking what is the greatest power in the world.
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 Chind
This is a great and just as lovely sequel to The Empty Pot with another valuable lesson on life in general. I like it.
Mitchell Ary
Oct 02, 2014 Mitchell Ary rated it liked it
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i liked this book it held some philosophy for younger children to break down and dissect so they to can reach enlightenment. but other than that it was kind of frightening having small boys make weapons. i laughed at that part. i might consider adding this to my shelf.
Ubalstecha
Jul 27, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
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.
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Nice. A little girl knows what the greatest power in the world comes from.
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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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