Uh, am I the only one that has a problem with this little duck being whacked for no reason Is it really just me I m sorry but we want to ban books that talk about sex and mention a cuss word but we can beat defenseless little ducks What the fuck is wrong with this picture I get this was published in 1933 when spanking was in Hell, I m not even against spanking But in a book With a little duck Who did nothing wrong Is it just me again or 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 scar 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 winkThe pictures are great and parents wi I actually first heard about his story years ago on a Weston Woods video The Story of Ping is a Chinese story by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese about how a young and beautiful duck named Ping gets lost in the Yangtze River after he tries to avoid punishment of being late The Story of Ping is a cute story about showing the consequences of disobedience and the importance of family that children cannot resist Once there lived a beautiful young yellow duck named Ping who lived with his mother, I actually first heard about his story years ago on a Weston Woods video The Story of Ping is a Chinese story by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese about how a young and beautiful duck named Ping gets lost in the Yangtze River after he tries to avoid punishment of being late The Story of Ping is a cute story about showing the consequences of disobedience and the importance of family that children cannot resist Once there lived a beautiful young yellow duck named Ping who lived with his mother, his father, his two sisters, his three brothers, his eleven aunts, his seven uncles and his forty two cousins in the wise Other than Russell Hoban s Frances series, this book is my favorite childhood memory It foretold a life of distraction, rebellion, waywardness, all nighters, and the last duck home swat I was fortunate enough to buy a Signed, First Edition this book at auction It is a treasured possession. I completely forgot about this book until I saw it at Goodreads But I remember liking it a lot as a kid It was first read to me and when I learned to read, I read it to myself as well I was fascinated by the foreign setting I don t I read this because it s on my daughter s five in a row book list for home schooling I m sure it was a great children s book during the time of it s publication but it s pretty dated and insensitive by today s standards My child found the animal story and the information about China interesting but was to disturbed about the boat owner hitting the duck to get the moral of it at all He runs away to escape being whacked as the last duck I have especially fond memories of this book I just felt like I was there, on the river.Re reading it this week brought to mind sadness at how quickly the planet can be changed by people The Yangtze river way of life is quite different than it was 70 years ago when this book was written And perhaps Flack didn t have it exactly right she s not Chinese, after all But certainly things have changed In the 30 years since I became acquainted with the book, the Yangtze Valley has lost 140 villa I have especially fond memories of this book I just felt like I was there, on the river.Re reading it this week brought to mind sadness at how quickly the planet can be changed by people The Yangtze river way of life is quite different than it was 70 years ago when this book was written And perhaps Flack didn t have it exactly r Ping Was An Adventurous Duck Who Lived On A Beautiful Wise Eyed Boat On The Yangtze River He Liked His Life On The Riverboat Just And Liked His Large Family And His Kind Master He Didn T Like To Be The Last In Line To Board The Boat At Night, For That Unlucky Duck Got A Loud Spank So What Did Ping Do When It Seemed That He Would Be The Last On Line What Else But Set Out On His Own To Explore The Fascinating World Of Life On The Yangtze River The Story About Ping Is One Of The Best Loved And Enduring Children S Books, Both For Its Spirited And Irrepressible Hero And For Its Beautiful Evocation Of A Distant Land And Way Of Life Every Child Can Sympathize With A Dawdling Duck Who Wants To Avoid A Spanking, And Share His Excitement And Wonder As He Sails Down The River This was required reading as an additive for my 5 yr old s history lesson He enjoyed the story, and it was relatively interesting, I was just hoping for a littleChinese culture It takes place on the Yangtze river, which is mentioned over and over again on each page, so it s great for repetitive learning if your Under a harsh totalitarian system, even corporal punishment is desirable compared to exclusion This kind of system is why North Koreans who find themselves outside of their country often try to return to the harsh rule view spoiler Ping is taught that life outside of the boat is fraught with worse fates than getting beaten for tardiness, like being eaten And it s not like being slow to the boat earns a duck a whack, it s being the slowest, as the punishment has a quota Every day, a duck is Under a harsh totalitarian system, even corporal punishment is desirable compared to exclusion This kind of system is why North Koreans who find themselves outside of their country often try to return to the harsh rule view spoiler Ping is taught that life outside of the boat is fraught with worse fates than getting beaten for tardiness, like being eaten And it s not like being slow to the boat earns a duck a whack, it s being the slowest, as the p