I purchased The Empty Pot twenty-eight ago and it remains one of my favorite picture books. I discovered it in the children’s section of the local bookstore and immediately purchased my hardcover copy after reading it. I then read it aloud to every class of children I taught after that. I read it to Caroline many years ago, but she didn’t remember it when she saw it on my desk as I prepared to write this post. I read it to her again and she liked it very much.
The Empty Pot
This is the story of an Emperor who needs to select his successor and a boy named Ping who has the opportunity to be chosen. I cannot tell you any more of the story without giving it away. I will simply tell you it is a story with lovely illustrations and a lesson your child will not forget. If you really want to know more of the story before you order it, you can read a more detailed description on Amazon. But understand you will lose the impact of the story if you know what happens ahead of time.
The Empty Pot is one of my favorite children’s picture books. I highly recommend it.
Author Study & History – Demi is a prolific author with an emphasis on history and culture. Learn more about her and read more of her books which you can see here: Demi on Amazon.
Science – Plant some flowers seeds in a pot. Keep a record of how long it takes them to germinate and flower.
Geography – Find China on a map of Asia. Color in the country and label the important cities. Label neighboring countries, if you wish.
Art – Discuss the art style in The Empty Pot. Try to create a picture in a similar style.
History & Government – Discuss the differences between an Emperor and a President. Use a Venn diagram to record your discussion.
Bible – Discuss verses in the Bible that carry a similar message as The Empty Pot.