The Story about Ping

The Story about Ping

4.15 (42,408 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.15 (42,408 ratings by Goodreads)

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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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 205 x 203 x 3mm | 85g
  • G P Putnam's Sons
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0448421658
  • 9780448421650
  • 5,016

About Marjorie Flack

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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Rating details

42,408 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 47% (19,832)
4 29% (12,437)
3 18% (7,723)
2 4% (1,699)
1 2% (717)

Our customer reviews

I am in my mid-40's and I have fond memories of my Grandmother reading me this story as a child. I am a pre-school teacher now and recently re-discovered brave, naughty Ping and was so happy to re-read a story I loved so much again. I still loved his adventure! But I was worried about how my current audience of 3 and 4 yr olds would respond to it's, not PC and very traditional, story line. They were enthralled! Ping is a story that stands the test of time. My kids request "that little duck story" frequently now and I just love reading it every more
by kelly smith
Although this was written and illustrated in the 1930s and not at all modern, it has a simply charm that never ceases to draw my children in. Actually, the historical aspect to it adds to the enjoyment of this special book, which is set in China. Ping hides to avoid trouble, only to find himself in much greater trouble - in fact - he nearly becomes a duck dinner! Fortunately help arrives before it is too late and Ping learns to face up to troubles rather than running from more
by Esther Allen
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