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.
My 6 year old son had this since he was 4 and still love this story. This charming tale teaches a valuable lesson about courage and honesty. The illustrations, showing Chinese landscapes, architecture birds and flowers are beautifully rendered. The The Empty Pot by Demi is a joy to read for both of us.