The Story about Ping   -     By: Marjorie Flack, Kurt Wiese
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The Story about Ping

Grosset & Dunlap / 2000 / Paperback

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Ping is a spirited little duck who lives on the Yangtze river. One night, to avoid a spanking for being the last duck home, Ping stays out all night and explores the world. His funny misadventures will delight young readers today as much as they did in 1933, when this classic tale was first published. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.02 X 8.04 X 0.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0448421658
ISBN-13: 9780448421650
Ages: 3-6
Series: Reading Railroad

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Publisher's Description

Since 1933, The Story About Ping has captivated generations of readers, but never before has it been available in a mass-market paperback format. No one can deny the appeal of the book's hero, Ping, the spirited little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River. Ping's misadventures one night while exploring the world around his home form the basis of this timeless classic, which is brought to life by Kurt Wiese's warm and poignant illustrations.

Author Bio

Marjorie Flack first got the idea for her classic story from her first book, written by her friend Helen Lomen. The Peking ducks in Angus and the Ducks so intrigued her that she began researching them. The Story About Ping was the result. She went on to write and illustrate many more children's stories, including Boats on the River, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Ms. Flack died in 1958.

Kurt Wiese illustrated almost three hundred books for children. Books he both wrote and illustrated include You Can Write Chinese and Fish in the Air. Both stories were named Caldecott Honor Books, and reflect his experiences as a traveler in China where he lived for six years. Mr. Wiese died in 1974.

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  1. South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story about obeying the rules
    January 18, 2011
    South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This little book is about a family of ducks, and in particular Ping. The ducks are called in every evening, and the last one over the little bridge to the houseboat always gets a little wack with a stick from the master. Ping is afraid that he will be last, and one day he is, and he avoids his smack by hiding away. Of course, he almost comes to greater demise and loses his family but is at last re-united with them, where he learns that punishment is perhaps not such a bad thing and that rules are there to keep one safe. A note to those with sensitive children: Two of my children were a bit upset at what they felt was harsh treatment of the ducks, but the other child was thrilled and still asks repeatedly for this book. This book would be a useful addition to a Unit study on China as the people and the lifestyle of the fisher folk along the Yangtze river is well depicted. Line drawings with color. Note- the softcover edition will not last well through repeated use at a school.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 31, 2002
    Lisa in TN
    This book is wonderful for boys and girls alike. My children beg me to read it! The art is captivating and the storyline is engrossing. I recommend this book regularly to my friends with 4-10 year olds.
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