|The Story About Ping, by Marjorie Flack, illus. by Kurt Wiese
|This book is graced with the beautiful oriental renderings
of Kurt Wiese (who also illustrated The Five Chinese Brothers). It
is a story about a young duck named Ping who makes some wrong choices because he does
not want to face the consequences of his actions. In the end he sees the error of his
ways and never does the wrong thing again.
|The Story of Little Quack, by Betty Gibson, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton
|This is a wonderful little story about a lonely boy who
finds a friend, loses her, and then finds her again. This book has beautiful
illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton, who also wrote the book
|Me and My Flying Machine, by Marianna, illus. by Mercer Mayer
|I don't know how I missed this one when I was growing up.
This book was published in 1971, the "golden era" for Parents' Magazine Press.
This story reminds me of the book Boy Was I Mad, which was also
illustrated by Mercer Mayer. This is a good book about a young boy who finds
plenty of wood and nails in an old barn with which to build whatever he wishes to
build. This is a good story for any young child that has big dreams and a good
|Phil the Ventriloquist, by Robert Kraus, illus. by Robert Kraus
|We found this cute little story at a garage sale for 25 cents.
It is the story of a little rabbit who has the most amazing ability to throw his voice
anywhere he wants. At first, he has a little trouble knowing just where and when it
is appropriate to exercise his talent, but in the end he learns that his talent is
useful for more than entertainment.
|Donkey-donkey, by Roger Duvoisin, illus. by Roger Duvoisin
|This story is about learning that the best thing for us to
be is just what God made us. Donkey-donkey thinks his long ears make him look
funny so he sets off to ask everyone's opinion about what he should do to change his
appearance. Every change leads to ruin, and Donkey-donkey learns that being a
long-eared donkey is the best thing he can be!