Thursday, November 18, 2010
Children's Book Review: The Story About Ping
Name of book: The Story About Ping
Author/Illustrator: By Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
What's It All About: A little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River does not want to be last in line to go up the ramp to the boat or he will get a swat on the back. One day he is diving for food and does not hear his master call until it is too late and he will be last in line into the boat. Instead of accepting this, he hides in the grass and is left behind. His adventures are new and frightening and he longs for his own family and his own boat. At last he finds it and, though he paddles hard, he may be the last to the boat but does he care? Find out!
My Favorite Bit: I love this story. The pictures are delightful, as are all pictures in books about ducks. My favorite page has to be when the man is putting the basket over Ping and he stands with his eyes closed, clearly quacking importantly. The illustrations are lovely and the story is just right.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: Although you may read this to any age child as far as content, the pages each have roughly a paragraph to read and little ones may fidget through them. I would recommend age four on up depending on the fidgety-ness of your audience.
Go Get It: The Story About Ping
A Little About The Author and/or Illustrator: Marjorie Flack was born in Long Island and is most famous for the book above though she also was responsible for the Angus books about her dog. Kurt Wiese was a German illustrator who spent some time in China and this style can be seen in both the book above and another favorite of mine, The Five Chinese Brothers, which I also highly recommend.