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The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Story About Ping (original 1933; edition 1977)

by Marjorie Flack

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Title:The Story About Ping
Authors:Marjorie Flack
Info:Puffin (1977), Edition: Reissue; Open Market Ed, Paperback
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:children, fiction, read, 1970s

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The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (1933)

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I had this book as a child but i couldn't remember anythiong about it. Written in 1933 this is the story of ping,a duck who lives on a boat on the Yanghtze River with his family. One day Ping is late for the boat and decides to stay by himself instead of being spanked. Ping then runs into trouble from cormorants and a family that wants to eat him. A cute story that gicves a historic view of China. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This book is about a little duck, ping, who lives with his family and every night they are rounded up onto a boat and the last duck on the boat gets a spank at the end of the line. Ping one day misses the call to get on the boat and decides not to because he would be the last duck on and doesn't want to be spanked. He goes on a little adventure and nearly gets eaten by fishermen. The book has a good message about how avoiding something could lead to bigger problems down the road. This book seemed very unique to me, not many books have a message like this and the story took place in China on the Yangtze river. That is not a place that is talked about much in many books and this one even had some educational pieces about life on the Yangtze. The illustrations are done in colored pencil and have a speckled look to them. I would read this book in my class, it has a really good message that can be applied to many things in the kids' lives. I would recommend this book for 1st grade and up. ( )
  hallen11 | Nov 30, 2015 |
29 months - We always enjoy reading older stories with the original illustrations. It interesting to see how illustration and writing styles change over time. This story would likely never be published today as spankings are considered taboo even in the context of a duckling. My suggestion for making this story a better read eliminate the river's name "Yangtze" as many times as possible. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
We have to own up to our mistakes and take our punishments. Ping knew that he was late to get on the boat so he hit but that could have turned out disastrous for him. ( )
  hspanier | Oct 3, 2015 |
animals, fiction, acceptance, friends, friendship, tape recorded to MP3
  childrensschool | May 28, 2015 |
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Once upon a time there was a beautiful young duck named Ping.
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A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he avoided boarding his master's houseboat one evening.
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The tale of a little duck alone on the Yangtze River, The Story About Ping is a sweet and funny book with wonderfully rich and colorful illustrations. On a day like any other, Ping sets off from the boat he calls home with his comically large family in search of "pleasant things to eat." On this particular day, he is accidentally left behind when the boat leaves. Undaunted, the little duck heads out onto the Yangtze in search of his family, only to find new friends and adventures--and a bit of peril--around every bend.

The exceptional illustrations bring the lush Yangtze to life, from Ping's family to the trained fishing birds he finds himself among to the faithfully rendered boats and fishermen. Certainly intended to be read aloud, The Story About Ping deserves a place on every young reader's (or listener's) shelf. (Picture book)

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A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening.

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