I must have seen the cover to this book a billion times. How could I have missed reading it? Not sure.
Ping is a sprightly duckling who lives with his mother and his father and two sisters and three brothers and eleven aunts and seven uncles and forty-two cousins on a boat on the Yangtze river. Every morning, Ping and his family are unloaded from the boat and allowed to roam the river feeding and playing. Every evening, the Master of the boat summons them back with a special call – and the last duck to return receives a spank with the Master’s stick.
Ping is always very careful not to be last. But one day, the call comes when he is underwater. By the time he resurfaces, most of the other ducks have been loaded, and Ping knows there is no way to escape a spanking – except by not returning at all. And thus begins Ping’s adventure in the unknown world!
Conclusion. A super-cute story with wonderful illustrations.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret