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The Empty Pot Paperback – October 16, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
And the story!--no matter what your religion, creed, or background, the message is timeless. Ping's family and friends all know what a green thumb he has, and you'd think he'd be a shoo-in for Emperor when the seeds are distributed. The flowers DO decide who the next Emperor is. . .but not in the way you might think. There are two very wise men who figure prominently in this story: the Emperor and Ping's father, who tells Ping, "your best is good enough to present to the Emperor." And the unspoken message there is, "I'm proud of you, son, and I believe in you." Three cheers for Ping!
As a mom of two young children I especially like that there are teaching points throughout in this book. First, there is Ping's persistence with the seed that just refuses to sprout. He tries again and again with different methods, and never says 'I can't' until there is no time left.
Then there is the fact that Ping and his father set their own standards and don't do what everyone else does. They remain honest in the face of great temptation, and neither looks to others to decide how to act.
[I have used this as a starting point of discussion with my own children to talk about how there will be circumstances in their lives in which other people are doing such-and-such and that they will feel pressured to go along with the crowd --yield to temptation-- but that like Ping we have to act according to what is right.]
Five Stars. Nice Art. Good read-aloud. This book has a great story with good lessons.
The illustrations for the story are also beautiful and add to the interest children will have in reading the book. This is a story an adult can read with a child many times without wanting to beat their head against the wall, unlike so many children’s books that quickly become torture to read over and over and over again.
I bought several copies for my grandkids and will keep buying them as new grandkids come along. And I will likely give it to other children for gifts, as well. I think it is that good.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI
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Heard this story on a children's show, but never got the name. Loved the story and message. After a few years of looking, I finally found it. Illustrations are gorgeous. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Fish sticks
A beautiful story. One of my sons' favorites from their childhood. The lesson is indelible.Published 22 days ago by Mommy Min
I love reading this book to my classroom! It's such a good lesson on the importance of being honest.Published 2 months ago by Bert
I am a second grade teacher, and I read this book to my class every year. This is a great story to teach children about honesty. The story is set long ago in China. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer