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The Story About Ping

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The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

From 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.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Marjorie Flack

Website for Marjorie Flack

Other books by Marjorie Flack

Illustrator: Kurt Wiese

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Other books by Kurt Wiese

📖 Topics from the book:

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📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for The Story About Ping

Free China & Ping Lapbook Downloads
From HomeschoolShare; includes links at the bottom of the page for Ping lapbook & gameboard downloads

Ducks Lapbook
From HomeschoolShare

Literature resources for younger children
A large number of FIAR resources for specific books as well as general resources that can be used with any literature.

Supplemental Book List
from the FIAR Message Board Archive


Example of a Five in a Row unit (uses The Story of Ping)
Using The Story of Ping, Jane Lambert illustrates how to use a Five in a Row unit.

Photos of the Yangtze River
A collection of varied photos of life on the Yangtze River

Why are we featuring this book?

The Story About Ping is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for The Story About Ping. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

As featured on

US News & World Report, Forbes, KQED, HuffPost,, Money, Healthline Parenthood, Family Education, Parents, Scholastic