When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
This is a fantastic story about the courage it takes to be honest sometimes, as well as the worth of the truth. The illustrations date the book but are still enjoyable and fit well with the books setting, giving it an air of folklore that fits the instructive but not grating moralizing message.
Demi is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including The Empty Pot, Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, and Florence Nightingale. She lives in Washington state.View Author