Ping is a duck who lives with his family on the Yangtze River in China. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack tells of his adventures – or rather misadventures.
One night, in order to avoid a spanking for being the last duck home, he stays on shore rather than board the wise-eyed boat which is his home. His time on shore gives readers a glimpse into traditional Chinese life on the Yangtze River, as well as lessons about the dangers of life – and that the security of home and family is worth a little pain.
I have read this book countless times to my children – and it never grows old. Children are fascinated by the fact that families live on boats on the river, and how they keep their children safe. This classic story, first published in 1933, continues to delight readers today.