The Empty Pot

Demi; Illustrated by the Author

Henry Holt and Co.

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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 embarassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.

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"When the Chinese Emperor announces an unusual test to choose an heir--the child who raises the best flowers from a seed given by the Emperor will be his successor--Ping, unaccountably, is unable to get his seed to sprout. . . . A lovely story, well told and most attractively presented."--Kirkus Reviews, pointer

"A beautifully crafted book that will be enjoyed as much for the richness of its illustrations as the simplicity of its story."--School Library Journal

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Demi; Illustrated by the Author

Demi has adapted and illustrated many folktales for children, including The Donkey and the Rock, Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, and The Dragon's Tale. She lives in Carnation, Washington.

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IRA Teachers' Choices, IRA-CBC Children's Choices, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
October 2007
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466811584
ISBN10: 1466811587
eBook Picture Book - Amazon32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$5.70

Big Book

Big Book
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
October 2007
Big Book
ISBN: 9780805082272
ISBN10: 0805082271
18 x 18 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$24.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 1990
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805012170
ISBN10: 0805012176
Picture Book
9 5/8 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Color illustrations
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
September 1996
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805049008
ISBN10: 0805049002
Picture Book
9 3/4 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$7.99
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