This story had some really cool aspects! I loved the aspects of fun culture Ping shows us, and how the boy stayed afloat by tying a barrel to his back. However, there wasn't enough to this book that I would personally buy it for my kiddos. It was a little lackluster, even though there were interesting pieces. The story is predictable and a little boring, and there's no real message for a young reader.
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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