Ping: A Frog In Search Of A New Pond


The story of Ping the frog is, supposedly, a tale passed down from long ago. For years and years, Ping and his friends were happy and comfortable living near the pond. Despite the fact that their pond habitat was shrinking, most of the creatures were satisfied to adapt to the new circumstance. Ping, a magnificent and powerful leaping frog, had always dreamed of being the world’s best long distance jumper. To achieve his goal, Ping set out on a journey to find a big new pond where he could hone his leaping skills. One day in the forest he meets Owl, who soon becomes his mentor. Owl slowly teaches Ping many life lessons, all of which ultimately make him much wiser to the purpose of his life and to the ways of the world. Just as Ping is ready to make the journey to his dream home, Owl is killed by an eagle. This causes Ping to lose his focus, and he tumbles into the Splat River, an extremely unforgiving body of water. As he is struggling to survive, he remembers Owl's words, which then help him truly appreciate all he had learned from his friend.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Throughout his adventures, Ping is mentored by an Owl, and it is through the mentoring process that the author provides food for thought and action for the reader.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.

Young Reader Reaction

Ping is a very inspirational book that motivates people to live a meaningful life and take control of their future through their actions. It teaches us to enhance ourselves by embracing, but not abusing, our power over our own lives. The plot and characters are very simple but well sketched and the descriptions add to the quality. The suspense and surprising result at the end leave a very meaningful overall impression on the reader.

Parent Reaction

This is an Okay book. The parables are understandable and some will think they are cute.

Type of Book:
This work, written in parable form, contains a series of lessons and observations about life, its challenges, and rewards.
Educational Themes:

Change is a permanent process. One can choose to be proactive in meeting the challenges of change or one can be reactive and deal with the impact of change. This book is a resource for those who wish to be proactive.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 to 10
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. If you like adventure and challenge, join Ping in his quest, you won’t be sorry. This is a book for the “self-help” shelf of the public library. Middle school teachers/counselors and home schooling parents might also find this to be a valuable re

Title Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond
Author Stuart Avery Gold
Publisher Newmarket © 2005
ISBN 1557046824
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.00
Genres Guidebook
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