THE STORY ABOUT PING by Majorie Flack and Kurt Wiese is a great storybook for children.Marjorie Flack (1897-1958), lived in Long Island New York. Her children's book, A Story About Ping, was written in 1933 and since then published by VIKING, Penguin Putnam Inc NY, NY. She was an award winning artist and writer of children's picture books. Kurt Wiese (1887-1974) was an award winning German born book illustrator.The Story About Ping was made famous by Captain Kangaroo otherwise known as Bob Keeshan a United States Marine.Captain Kangaroo is the longest running production for children to have run on television. The children's television series was on the air from 1955 until 1984.* Read The Story About Ping and the sound of the words will roll off of your tongue smoothly so much so as if fluid like a mellow waterfall and repeating same word sounds will feel refreshing and welcome. Children will listen to this story and gaze at the remarkable illustrations like never before having been read to. For if they had ever before been read to they never will have listened to every word eagerly delighting them even before their imaginations can begin to work. The Story of Ping is told in the fashion of a Chinese tradition of storytelling. Ping is a duck. Children will learn what happens next and next and next to Ping as well as they will learn about the enjoyment of reading a good storybook. How many ducks are there that make their home on the river boat with wise eyes may very well have been an inspirational boat character behind some of the beloved Walt Disney productions with talking cars, trucks or airplanes? Who knew that human characteristics could effectively be given to non-living objects in a story before Chinese literature? And yet an even more fascinating part of the story reveals the way black ducks are used as a means of finding food for a greedy fisherman. Any adult may find themselves questioning their very own livlihood as it relates to the ever illusive idea of freedom after reading The Story About Ping. Perhaps this old Chinese Story could have once been a revolutionary story as the storyline unfolds in a way that keeps children's interest, and at the same time, holds a valuable lesson or two for all. Always remember The Story About Ping. To the enlightenment of the reader, they will see that children love a good storybook. So take the time to find the best stories for them. Read The Story About Ping and see how the story will inspire you. Also, the children you read to will see their own moral to the story as adventure and discipline cross paths within the pages. Sometimes a children's story is written simply because it comes from the writers soul, as this one may very well have been written, with the intent that readers will remember.
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Kangaroo (viewed 20jun14 MMS)
** Chelsea Clinton read Amazing Grace & Gingerbread Boy to the children at Brooklyn Public Library- Picture from Sept 2012.
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