Over the last fortnight we have studied with The Story about Ping, though we don’t read it daily, in a row. (Older children don’t seem to connect with that aspect of FIAR!) They do like it read more than once during our study time but in between times I try and find other picture books that may enhance our day’s lesson.
On the day we looked at the Animal Kingdom – ducks, I read Pamela Allen’s book, Alexander’s Outing. It had been a long time since I had read it and it was a treat. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the story I saw parallels to Ping immediately. So if you like to add an Australian flavour to your Ping studies I highly recommend this book.
These are the themes found in this book and in Ping
- Family relationships (just immediate family, not cousins)
- Instead of seeing the Yangtze River, this family sees Sydney
- Literary Technique – Repetition
- Not hearing / Consequences
Plus a great one for team work and problem solving.