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The Greatest Power by Demi
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The Greatest Power (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Demi (Author), Demi (Illustrator)

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Title:The Greatest Power
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Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2004), Edition: 1st, 40 pages
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Other reviews mentioned that this author wrote another story about Emperor Ping, but this one leaves much to be desired. A boy emperor is in need of a new prime minister. To find his adviser he calls all the children in the land and asks them to find him the greatest power in the world. Many of the children set to work making weapons, frightening displays of strength, great inventions, beauty, or money, but one child sits for a long time to think about the challenge. This wise girl has the rare ability to "see the unseen and know the unknown." There are many wise ideas but the follow-though and the build-up left me wanting more.

It is a very pretty book, and the broad message might appeal to some; however, the inch deep idea that is summed up in too-short of a conclusion left me confused. The author found interesting ways to intersperse Chinese history, gods, inventions, and currency into the story as well as illustrations. Some readers might appreciate that the girl who eventually becomes the adviser to the Emperor is always pictured wearing red and that there are beautiful gold leaf details throughout the book. There are many tiny and intricate illustrations shown in round windows with subtle background design. It's a very pretty book that might be pretty to have a classroom for cultural details such as color meaning, inventions, meaning, and figures, but one that left me wishing it had been so much more. ( )
  fsgiamba | Mar 27, 2019 |
This was a cute book but i did not learn much about the Emperor Ping. All the book really told me was that he was a young emperor and he was known for his love of harmony. I enjoyed the story because it spoke of the value of life and how life is the most powerful thing. I also enjoyed the art. It did show me a lot about chinese culture and it used color, texture, and value. Some of the art even shined as if it were real gold. I would have liked to learn more about the emperor, but overall the book was well done. ( )
  dmesquivel | Feb 13, 2019 |
"To know the greatest power in the world is to know the greatest peace." Emperor Ping is in need of the wisest prime minister to bring harmony to his kingdom. He challenged the children to embark on a quest to find the greatest power in the world and whoever had the best power would become prime minister. Many brought him materialistic objects. Sing offered Ping a lotus seed, broke it in half, and told him that nothing was there and that it was the greatest power in the world...life is the greatest power in the world. Do you think she becomes the next prime minister? The illustrations are sometimes very small but add so much life into the story. I love how the Chinese culture is represented in the illustrations. ( )
  tmahlie | Feb 20, 2018 |
Another folktale starring Emperor Ping, this one shows that the greatest power is not in money, weapons, technology, or beauty, although that is what most people think when Ping gives his people yet another challenge. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
The goal of trying to discover the greatest power.
Courage/ China

2-5 ( )
  hatease | Nov 29, 2014 |
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Emperor Ping, the boy emperor known for his love of harmony, sets a challenge to the children of his kingdom: show him the greatest power in the world. "To know the greatest power in the world is to know the greatest peace," Emperor Ping announces. "Whoever knows this harmony will become the new prime minister."

The children get to work right away and have many bright ideas. The greatest power must be weapons! It must be beauty! It must be money!

But as a young girl named Sing reflects upon the challenge, she wonders how any of those things, which cannot last forever, could be the greatest power in the world. She is certain there is something even more powerful, and the source of this power will surprise and delight her.

A companion to Demi's stunning picture book The Empty Pot, The Greatest Power continues the story of Ping now that he has become an emperor. With striking artwork and a lovely, lyrical text, this next chapter in Emperor Ping's life is sure to enrapture young readers.

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Long ago, a Chinese emperor challenges the children of his kingdom to show him the greatest power in the world, and all are surprised at what is discovered.

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