Title: The Story About Ping
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1933
Illustrator: Illustrated by Wiese, Kurt
Book Condition: G+
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition
Board edges rubbed. Paper over boards, black cloth spine. Covers with scrapes; Important work in the history of children's illustration, per Bader. Uncommon first edtiion of this title that has been often reprinted. Endpapers tanned as usual. Wiese was one of the most popular illustrators of children's books. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 12602
Synopsis: Since 1933, The Story About Ping has captivated generations of readers, but never before has it been available in a mass-market paperback format. No one can deny the appeal of the book's hero, Ping, the spirited little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River. Ping's misadventures one night while exploring the world around his home form the basis of this timeless classic, which is brought to life by Kurt Wiese's warm and poignant illustrations.
Review: The tale of a little duck alone on the Yangtze River, The Story About Ping is a sweet and funny book with wonderfully rich and colorful illustrations. On a day like any other, Ping sets off from the boat he calls home with his comically large family in search of "pleasant things to eat." On this particular day, he is accidentally left behind when the boat leaves. Undaunted, the little duck heads out onto the Yangtze in search of his family, only to find new friends and adventures--and a bit of peril--around every bend.
The exceptional illustrations bring the lush Yangtze to life, from Ping's family to the trained fishing birds he finds himself among to the faithfully rendered boats and fishermen. Certainly intended to be read aloud, The Story About Ping deserves a place on every young reader's (or listener's) shelf. (Picture book)
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