The Empty Pot
The Empty Pot
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
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Shipping, Returns & Order Cancellations
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Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
Alder & Alouette sells arts and crafts materials, as well as toys, games, and puzzles, in compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
CPSIA addresses, among other things, lead, phthalates, toy safety, third-party testing and certification, imports and SaferProducts.gov. You may view a pdf of the law here and learn more about the law here.
Our arts and crafts materials are additionally Art + Creative Materials Institute Certified (ACMI) + AP certified as nontoxic.
Conformitè Europëenne (CE)
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Many of our products are certified organic as part of the Bioland Standards. This is a German product only certification and includes some of the highest standards in the world. You can read more about the Bioland standards here.
Products that are not necessarily organic may carry an OEKO-TEX or OEKO-TEX 100 safety certification as proof of non-toxicity. You may be more likely to see this in items that were dyed with non-plant dyes in order to verify that the dyes are nontoxic and free of or within a safe range of elements and other contaminants.
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Credit Card versus Debit Card
Q: Why do you recommend paying with a credit card instead of a debit card?
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