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The Travels of Ching (1943)

by Robert Bright

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This is a great book! It has a good moral about using what you have and enjoying your possessions. It teaches that used items can be exactly what you love. Our daughter loves this book. ( )
  Rp918grl | Mar 18, 2014 |
The Travels of Ching has a special place in our family’s heart; three generations of family members have read, shared, and loved this little book together. Knowing that this little treasure if once again back in print and available for a new generation of families to read and fall in love with is a gift in and of itself.

For those unfamiliar with the book, The Travels of Ching follows the adventures of a little doll from a shop in China, where he is admired by a humble little girl, around the world as he, slowly but surely, makes his way to his forever home. A truly touching story, Ching is the perfect bedtime read for parents to read to their children and for young readers to read to their pets. Ching has without question stood the test of time. ( )
  daffodile | May 27, 2013 |
Robert Bright's 'The Travels of Ching' take the reader on an unexpected journey from a doll maker in the depths of China, to a toy shop and to a tea merchant with a ricksha and all the way to America. The story is simply told with sparce illustrations that whet the imagination and encourage the reader's empathy for the little doll, Ching.

The beauty of this well presented little book is that it certainly may be read as the simple story of a doll, but as an adult I couldn't help but read it as a metaphor for a person's life's journey. Whilst we may not get sold to a tea merchant, our own lives take many unexpected twists and turns, some are positive and some make us feel like, well, a doll that's been discarded in the snow (not a plot spoiler). The whimsical story is sweet and uplifting for children and adult readers alike.
  Shell_C1 | May 4, 2013 |
The use of simple text and clever illustrations in black, white and a touch of red, help to guide you effortlessly through this wonderful story. The book flows beautifully. It brings a smile to my face everytime I pick it up. A book for all ages to be explored time and again. ( )
  crzavitz | Apr 16, 2013 |
Ching is a carefully woven doll whose inadvertent adventures lead him to the best place of all. As he starts off in China, one would hardly imagine the great journey that follows the well-made doll.

It's hard to find stories composed this well. As with most things, the style, direction and tone of writing is different for various time periods; the same can be said about The Travels of Ching. Published in 1943, it still entertains the young minds of 2013.

There is nothing high-tech or even risque about Ching. But the idea is what grasps a small mind with an immense imagination.

I honestly did not know what my son would think of this book. But needless to say, he didn't speak until I read the entire book from beginning to end.

The first words out of his mouth were, "Ching went everywhere!"

Robert Bright's stories have been entertaining young minds for many generations.

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  gigifrost | Apr 13, 2013 |
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In brief text and amusing line drawings with a dash of red the story is told of a Chinese doll that was made in China, travelled all the way to America, was discarded by various people who didn't want him, and finally travelled all the way back again to the little Chinese girl who did want him. It has a nice quality, (and no perceptible purpose, which is sometimes a relief). And it is a good story.
 
CHING'S slanting eyes, his cheerful
smile remain unchanged—although
nobody wants him, although he is
bought in a toy shop in China by a
rich merchant only to be sent to a
little girl in a New York penthouse
who doesn't want him either! Ching's
unvarying expression in each deft
drawing shows throughout his travels
a gay and confident faith that in the
end he will be claimed by the right
owner. She finally comes along in the
person of a little girl who stares at
him longingly as he sits in the window
of a toyshop. He is hers and she
is his—a conclusion that all the small
boys and girls who like this book will
be quite likely to find completely satisfying.
The text is simple and direct, the
story easy to follow. And the illustrations
have great charm and humor.
Ching has personality. He will be
loved as a favorite doll is loved by
many children. J. V.
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In the land of China a doll mkaer made a little doll. The doll's name was Ching.
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Luckily he floated.
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The Travels of Ching tells the story a a doll in China who makes the journey to the United States and then back again to China and finally into the arms of someone who really loves him.
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