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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (original 1989; edition 1996)

by Ed Young

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Title:Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Authors:Ed Young
Info:Puffin (1996), Paperback, 32 pages
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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (1989)

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I remember this from grade school! Specifically I remembered the haunting cover art; I remembered very little of the story. This version of Little Red Riding Hood features three daughters/sisters, not one, and their mother leaves them alone to visit her mother (their grandmother, or Po Po), rather than sending them to her. The wolf knocks on the door, pretending to be the grandmother, but Shang, the eldest daughter, sees through the disguise and comes up with a clever plan to trick the wolf. The illustrations are in panels on some pages, full pages in others. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 15, 2016 |
This Chinese Retelling version of the Little Red shows the resourcefulness of three girls as they deal with a tricky wolf that visits their house while mother is away. It is a story about outwitting the "bad guy." This story is filled with wisdom, courage, and fun. This story is also beautifully illustrated with perfect watercolors that bring the story to life. ( )
  DesmondDavis | Apr 12, 2016 |
This story by Ed Young is a twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. This version is from China, and is about three siblings left home alone while their mother went to see their grandmother. Like in the original version, the wolf pretends to be their grandmother, and tries to eat the children. But unlike the original version, the story isn't as suspenseful because there are no events described of the wolf getting close to eating one of the children, but only being physically close to them. The children notice the features of the wolf that shouldn't be on their grandmother, as in the original, and end up outwitting the wolf, but the story is a little bland and lacks excitement. Whereas it does get a little suspenseful when the wolf is in the home with the children, it doesn't seem to be as detailed as the original and therefore less exciting. ( )
  jcolvi1 | Apr 5, 2016 |
Summary: This story is about three young sisters Shang, Tao, and Paotze who are left alone for a night while their mother goes to visit their grandmother. They hear a knock at the door from someone who says it is their grandmother, but really it is a wolf. After the eldest child realizes that this is a wolf not her grandmother she tells the wolf that there are magical gingko nuts in the tree out front and the children will climb up the tree to get the “grandmother” some of these delicious nuts. The three sisters tell the wolf that she must climb the tree and eat from it to get the magical powers, but since the “grandmother” is too weak to climb the children will pull the wolf up with a rope and basket. In the end the children drop the wolf, who falls to its death and in the morning the children’s mother returns and they tell her the story.

Personal Reaction: I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I love the story of red riding hood. This follows along the story to a degree, but this version involves more than just one child. The illustrations for this picture book were very vivid and colorful. The translation came out quite well too. I would guess this is an asian tale that had similar lessons as Red Riding hood did.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) After reading this book, the teacher can ask students what book is similar to this story. If students don’t guess after a little bit that the story is parallel to the Red Riding Hood tale, then the teacher can tell the students it is. The teacher should read the Red Riding book to the and afterwards can ask students to make a venn diagram of the two books. Students should write what they think are the similarities and differences of the two books. Have a class discussion about the similarities and differences.
2) This book is a wonderful insight to the chinese culture. After reading the book the teacher can discuss further what kind of culture the characters come from and discuss the different type of cuisine that Chinese people have as well as some other differences from American culture. ( )
  Genevieve.Foerster | Mar 21, 2016 |
Great version of the story. I always love reading different versions of well-known stories. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ed Youngprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paterson, Katherinesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wong, B. D.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yashima, Tarosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol of our darkness.
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"Once, long ago, there was a woman who lived alone in the country with her three children, Shang, Tao, and Paotze."
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"Shang touched grandmother's sharp claws. 'Po Po, Po Po, your hand has thorns on it.'"
At once, Shang lit the light and the wolf blew it out again, but Shang had seen the wolf's hairy face.
The wolf had only on thought in his mind: to taste a ginko nut.
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In this Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, three young children out-smart an old wolf, Lon Po Po.  The sisters team up and lure the wolf to her death by her own greed.  This book would be great to use with teaching about cultural diversity.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0698113829, Paperback)

Three little girls spare no mercy to Lon Po Po, the granny wolf, in this version of Little Red Riding Hood where they tempt her up a tree and over a limb, to her death. The girls' frightened eyes are juxtaposed against Lon Po Po's menacing squint and whirling blue costume in one of the books numerous three-picture sequences, which resemble the decorative panels of Chinese tradition. Through mixing abstract and realistic images with complex use of color and shadow, artist and translator Young has transformed a simple fairy tail into a remarkable work of art and earned the 1990 Caldecott Medal in doing so.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:26 -0400)

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Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.

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