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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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  childrensschool | May 28, 2015 |
Summary of Book: This book is about a duck named Ping, that lived on a house boat with his family. One day Ping and his family were swimming but Ping wanted to go off on his own and that's when the trouble started for Ping. Ping could not find his house boat because there were so many boats and he couldn't tell which one was his home. Ping finds some crumbs and eats them. A little boy finds Ping and brings him home and Ping is almost eaten by the family. The young boy from the family lets Ping go before he can be eaten. Ping then sees his family and then is united with his family. Ping knew though he was going to be in trouble because he was always the last duck on the boat.

Personal Reaction: This book was ok but I don't think many kids would sit still long enough to read this book or have this book read to them. The book does have a good story meaning. Teaches kids that you should never run off from your family because you will get lost, something bad could happen to and you will get punished by your parents.

Extension ideas:1) Draw a picture of Ping on his adventure.
2) Tell what you would do if you ever became lost from your parents. What would you do to find your parents?
  ah932109 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This book tells the story of a duck named Ping who gets separated from his family and his short adventure to get back to them. This happens because he does not want to get spanked by the his owner for being the last duck to get on the boat. The book is cute and kind of funny, but I am not sure I can see students really getting into it. Early elementary students possibly may enjoy the story though. Looking at a school setting this book could be used for its pictures and the cultural difference it shows. A class discussion on these topics, and possibly punishment could be easily arranged after a reading about Ping. Again, it was a pretty good book, but I believe there are others that are more suited for engaging today's students. ( )
  LizeGarber | Nov 3, 2014 |
In this story there are many ducks that live on a boat. Each day, the last duck to return to the boat gets thumped on the bottom by the boat owner as punishment for being late. Not wanting to be punished Ping gets lost and almost eaten by a family that finds him. The young boy from the family frees him before he can be eaten. Ping then sees his family and despite knowing he will be punished for being late, rejoins his family on the boat.
Extension activites-1. Discuss how rivers play an important role in many different cultures. 2. Discuss how Ping took his punishment and whether punishment for these little duck is necessary or if it is a cultural difference that we maybe don't understand. ( )
  hellwanger | Jul 7, 2014 |
This was another one of my favorite books when I was a child. I enjoyed being able to read it again. One thing I like about this book is how simple and clear the illustrations are. You can tell exactly what is happening, and the illustrator even conveys the changing light throughout the day. I also like that the story is about a duck, just because I think ducks are adorable. The premise of the book is pretty simple, and I think is something children can relate to: "Ping was always careful, very very careful not to be last, because the last duck to cross over the bridge always got a spank on the back." Ping was scared of being spanked by the person who owned the boat he lives on, so he does not get on the boat, but ends up losing his family. The big idea of this story is even if you get punished sometimes your family will still love you and be happy to have you with them. ( )
  lstec2 | Apr 10, 2014 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0448421658, Mass Market Paperback)

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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