“The Empty Pot,” by Demi
Ideal for: Preschoolers and early grade-schoolers
Ping is excited! Each child has one royal seed to plant, and the child with the best flower becomes the next Emperor. Ping cares for his seed, but it doesn’t grow. Still, Ping stands out for trying hard to grow his seed, even though he has an empty pot.
Consider pointing out: Ping’s father says, “You did your best and your best is good enough to present to the Emperor.” Ask your child if he ever wished he’d worked harder at something. Talk about how he felt afterwards. Then talk about a time when he gave his best effort, and how that felt.