The Story about Ping

The Story about Ping

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by Marjorie Flack
     
 

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A childhood classic. "Kurt Wiese and Marjorie Flack have created in Ping a duckling of great individuality against a background (the Yangtze River) that has both accuracy and charm".--The New York Times. Full-color illustrations.

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A childhood classic. "Kurt Wiese and Marjorie Flack have created in Ping a duckling of great individuality against a background (the Yangtze River) that has both accuracy and charm".--The New York Times. Full-color illustrations.

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Barnes & Noble Staff
This classic story about a duckling who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River has charmed readers since 1933. When the owner calls for the ducks to come home, Ping, the smallest duck, tries not to be the last up the gangplank--for the last duck counted gets spanked on the back. One evening Ping misses the call to come home and stays out all night. His harrowing adventures the following day send him paddling back, only to be last again. Poor Ping!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670050413
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/08/1970
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Lexile:
AD920L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

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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Story about Ping 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old and I reread this book about once every 2 weeks. It is funny and the illustrations are great. Ping! is a duck who lives on a Chinese river boat ... one day, he misses getting back on the boat, because he doesn't want to be last to go up the gangplank. Adventure ensues. Tangentially, it teaches a good lesson about facing up to consequences - because they are not always as bad as the alternative. We like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as in prisons and in the service, the last to report is sometimes swatted. Instead, Ping the duck, not wanting to be last once being late decides to take off. This teaches kids to have a mind of their own when confronting controlling individuals.
territom More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my boys 30 years ago and they loved it. It set in motion an interest in China and I finally went there for a trip of a lifetime. I sent my boys a copy of the book for their children, and one was horrified and the other delighted. But the grandchildren loved it. In China, they were all familiar with the book and many fellow travelers said this sparked their interest, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 13 year old son loves this book and so do I.
WordsofTruth More than 1 year ago
A classic story of an inattentive duck, my firstborn son requested me to read this to him often. It's a fun read-aloud story and I've used it to read to children's groups through the years. Apparently my son learned the lessons this duck has to offer; he works hard not to be late, and also to take the consequences of his actions responsibly and without grumbling.
One_Picky_Reader More than 1 year ago
Some 40+ years ago I discovered Ping a book where both Author & Illustrator come together to tell this wonderful story. I remember the day I discovered Ping in our schools very small library, a place that I found comfort during a very difficult time in my life. As I began to read, I found in my Ping, a kindered spirit whose circumstances although different, had survival as a common bond. Little Ping drew this reader in as I found myself forgetting the harshness of my world, as I was drawn into his, sharing the adventures, the emotions of this wonderful character. This book played a part in the formation of my love of books, and the ability to lose myself into them. This book is timeless, one that I shared with my children. I hope that Pings story lives on in the hearts of those who discovered this book. It is a wonderful story to introduce to young readers.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, like the military, teaches a kid not to be last in line or the last to do anything, but it also teaches that this teaching makes no difference if you can explore and learn if all you'll get for it is a 'swat.' I read this book when very young, but when I read it again with my kid, all those memories came back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have often referred to this book when someone is last to enter a room or post an assignment. Rarely does someone understand my literary reference but my daughters grew up with my favorite children's story and now my grandson will hear me reading it to him as well. I hope he learns the lesson that Ping did that there are worse things in life than taking your 'spank' because it means you are safe with those who love you. My girls always felt safe coming home and taking the heat from mom because they knew it was better than the alternative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was a child!!! I am now a mother and bought it to share with my 4 year old son, HE LOVES IT!!!! I think that this book should be in every child's collection!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of my favorite books to read to my boys as they were growing up. now 17 and 18 we still have a copy!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a child! I too asked for it to be read to me over and over, until I was able to read it on my own! I recommend it for every child!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recently asked what my favorite children's book was, this was the first title to come to mind. I can remember as a child reading and re-reading this book over and over again. It is one of the few books that I can honestly say, as a child who did not liked to read, I would read for enjoyment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid I would have my dad read this to my brother and I before we would go to bed. Then we would make him read it again... and possibly a third time. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I AM 22 YEARS OLD AND IN THE ARMY. MY MOTHER GOT ME THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS VERY SMALL. WE READ THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER. RECENTLY WHEN HOME ON LEAVE I FOUND THIS BOOK ON THE SHELF AND READ IT ONCE AGAIN WITH MY MOTHER. I STILL LOVE IT AND AM NOW BUYING IT FOR MY FOUR YEAR OLD NIECE.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IT STARTED MY LOVE OF READING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 1/2 year old daughter loved it when we studied it for Kindergarten. It has life lessons such as taking consequences rather than running from them. The illustrations are simple but well done. We read it five days in a row and she didn't want to take it back to the library. Now it will be a birthday present.