Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Story About Ping
The Story About Ping was first published in 1933 by Majorie Flack and Kurt Wiese and has become a classic to several generations. Kurt Wiese drew from his six year experience living in China when he illustrated The Story About Ping (read a brief bio here).
This tells the story of Ping, the "beautiful young duck" who "lived with his mother and his father and two sisters and three brothers and eleven aunts and seven uncles and forty-two cousins." Ping's adventure unfolds when he chooses to camp onshore overnight in attempt to escape his master's swat for being late. Take a trip down the Yangtze River with Ping as he seeks to reunite with his family. As Ping soon discovers, separation proves a harsher fate than a consequent swat for tardiness.
I'd love to know how many of you recall this cleverly spun tale and wonderfully illustrated classic from your own childhood. Recommended for ages 5-8, it's a staple for every child's book collection.