A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?
School Grade: 6th (11 years old)
In it’s current form, this character can be taken as a combination of 白 white and 王 king. Older forms, though, show that the top portion was a pictogram of a crown. 皇 originally referred to a “king’s crown” but eventually came to refer to the person who would be wearing it, like the “emperor.”