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The Empty Pot Books Square Fish | Alder & Alouette
The Empty Pot Books Square Fish | Alder & Alouette

The Empty Pot

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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 planted his seed and tended it every day. But month after month passed, and nothing grew. When spring came, Ping must go to the Emperor with nothing but an empty pot.

Demi's exquisite art and beautifully simple text show how Ping's perceived failure turns triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.


  • Written and Illustrated by Demi.
  • Ages 4 - 7 Years


  • Published by Square Fish, September 11, 1996
  • 0.13" H x 9.4" L x 9.96" W (0.34 lbs) 32 pages


  • Published by Henry Holt & Company, March 19, 1990
  • 0.4" H x 10.0" L x 10.2" W (0.95 lbs) 32 pages