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The Empty Pot Hardcover – Picture Book, January 1, 1990
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- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (January 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0805012176
- ISBN-13 : 978-0805012170
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 630L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.35 x 0.4 x 10.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Note: The kindle version of any picture book is never going to be as nice as the hardcover copy. But it's still nice to have because it's always with you, and easy to share from an iPad. You just have to learn how to "click" the words on the very first page to enlarge them—in this case, the dedication—and then swipe each page after that to enlarge the rest of the text.
"You did your best, and your best is good enough to present to the Emperor." —Demi, The Empty Pot
By KM on October 6, 2018
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The Empty Pot is an old Chinese Folktale. It tells the story of a little boy named Ping. Although he is young, he has a natural talent for growing things and some affinity with plants. When the old Emperor announces a contest to choose his successor, Ping has very high hopes. All of the children in the kingdom will be given one seed, and whichever child can grow the most beautiful flower will become the next emperor.
Ping is very devoted in caring for his seed, but despite his best efforts, the seed never sprouts. A whole year passes, and Ping never gives up, nurturing and caring for the seed in the empty pot, but when at last the day of the contest arrives, he still has nothing to show for his efforts. The child is embarrassed and ashamed, but even so, he goes forward to present his best effort to the emperor. Ping stands alone, among thousands of children each with a beautiful flower. He is the only child who has failed - or has he? He bravely stands before the Emperor and recounts has he has cared for the seed all year, but even so, nothing has grown. How will the Emperor react to this failure?
I loved this story for several reasons. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. They have a very Eastern quality to them that transports the reader to another place and time. In particular, I love the trees. The child's expressions are perfect to, as is the passing of the seasons. This is a lovely book for teaching very young children about the seasons. I also found this book useful in teaching some philosophy and critical thinking to the children as well. At first the Emperor's test seems a very silly way to find a good ruler for the land, but after reading this, we discussed how the character traits displayed through this test would show who would really make some one capable to rule a country with wisdom and kindness.
I love this book for the lesson it teaches children. This story shows the character of Ping, as he never gives up, nurturing the dead seed for an entire year. Ping displays honour and honesty as well as courage in the story. But no matter how wonderful the moral to a story, if the book does not engage children, it is worthless. No child wants books which just preach about good behaviour and character. They want a story that entertains as well. The Empty Pot does just that. My children were immediately drawn to the beautiful illustrations. They felt sorry for Ping as he tried so hard and nothing happened, but life has many disappointments. Their favourite part by far was the ending.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for parents. This is a lovely story that we have enjoyed reading several times. The story is simple enough, and so richly illustrated, I feel it would suit children from the age of 3 up, and perhaps just a wee bit younger. It is difficult to put an upper age limit on this. My children are ages 5 and 8 and both enjoyed this, and learned something from it. I am much older and I have to admit, I really enjoyed this myself. I believe reading books like this serves a purpose similar to meditation. It calms the spirit and allows us to look at the world in a different way. As such, I really don't think there is an upper age limit for this. I think it can leave any reader with something of value.
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