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Author: Marjorie Flackk
Key Words: Children, Geography, Asia, China
This classic children’s book was first published in 1933 and is still as delightful and relevant as ever. Ping’s owner takes him and his siblings to the river for dinner. When it’s time to go, Ping is the last duck in the water and, as such, will receive a spanking. To avoid punishment, he hides—only to be captured the next morning by a young boy for his family’s dinner. Finally Ping is set free, and when he sees his master’s boat, the last thing he fears is a spanking—he’s just thankful to be home!
Rating:4 of 5 stars
I still remember the first time I heard of this book - I was watching Reading Rainbow. :) It was the featured story, which meant that the entire book was read on the show; but that didn't stop me from wanting to get it at the library and read it again. Consequently, it lead to my first encounter with "The Librarian." After mustering enough courage to ask her where I might find the book, she helped me learn what a fourish-year-old needed to know about the library system. I learned she wasn't scary AND that libraries were cooler than I had realized. I share all that to say that that was quite the ordeal for a four-year-old to go through if the book wasn't worth it and I remember it all vividly to this day. *wink
The pictures are great and parents will love the lesson it teaches - it's not worth it to get out of a punishment. The rules are there for a reason and make up a loving and safe home.
Cleanliness: no incidents
Ages: 4 - 8
Grade Level: PreK - 3rd
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5 = Loved It, 4 = Really Liked It, 3 = Liked It, 2 = It's Okay, 1 = Didn't Like It.