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A family tradition
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2015
When I was born, my great-grandmother wrote a letter to Dear Abby asking for the recommendation of a good story book to read to me. Dear Abby suggested "Ping." I still have the original clipping from the Dallas Morning News!! I remember LOVING to hear the story being read to me. I bought a copy for my kids when they were babies, now that I have a granddaughter of my own, of course I bought it to read to her. I still love the rhythm of the book and its gentle illustrations.
I don't know what parents today would make of its plot, given that there is a "smack" given to the last duck up the ramp at the end of each day. Ping hates the smack, hates that it hurts and hates that it marks him as "last" every day. One day he doesn't go home because he's last and doesn't want the smack. On his own, he encounters adventure, grave danger, makes a friend, and finds his way home again, realizing that smack isn't the worst thing that could happen to a duckling who strays beyond the boundaries.