The Thing That Goes Ping!
Ford Street, 2021
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
In the faraway town of Figgy-tra-ling, you may hear the faint ring of a thing that goes ping!
But this ting’s hard to find though its sound is quite loud
As the thing that goes ping can get lost in a crowd.
If you wish to know where you can find this ping thing
Let’s ask the good people of Figgy-tra-ling…
And so begins the quest to discover this thing that goes ping, whatever it might be. Moving through the town using rhyming couplets that instantly reminded me of a recent favourite, The Dingle-Dangle Jungle, the reader is taken on a journey that introduces a variety of creatures in a range of settings around the farm until eventually that thing that goes ping is revealed. And it is a satisfying solution that makes the trip worthwhile!
This story works on a number of levels for all ages, particularly younger readers who are not only learning the names of common creatures but who revel in the sounds and rhythms of our language. The rhymes roll off the tongue in a most satisfying way and with the repetition of the phrases and the very supportive illustrations they will not only be joining in but also be predicting the next text. Perfect for early reading behaviours, encouraging readers to suggest, write and illustrate their own resident of Figgy-tra-ling who could help the quest. It is also excellent for using with students for whom English is an additional language as not only can they connect the English words with creatures they readily recognise, but again, the predictive text and the rhyme will help them explore the language easily. As well, there are comprehensive teachers notes, song lyrics and even card games to download, making this the complete reading experience.