The Story of Ping, a pioneering children’s picture book
One of the more notable and rare children’s books found on AbeBooks is The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack and illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Published in 1933, first editions of this book can now be priced in excess of £300. The story concerns a domesticated Chinese duck lost on the Yangtze River and it’s been a teacher’s favourite for years.
This children’s picture book is important because it marked the start of the trend for collaborative efforts between well-known writers and accomplished illustrators. Flack was an artist too but approached Wiese because he had lived in China. Flack had become interested in Peking ducks when she was working on an earlier book called Angus and the Ducks.