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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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Picture book version of a Chinese Little Red Riding Hood. Similarities to the Grimm version but in this telling the mother leaves her three daughters (Shang, Tao, Patoze when she goes to visit her mother. A sly wolf sees the mother leaving and dresses up to gain entry into the house. The three girls realize that they have been tricky by the wolf. However, they are clever and make a plan to defeat the wolf.

Grades: K-8

Classroom use: compare and contrast version of Red Riding Hood, exploration of two cultures.
  GEMaguire | Jul 26, 2016 |
A great folk tale to add to your children's collection. Lon Po Po tells the story of three children left home alone, while their mother visits their grandmother "Po Po". A sly wolf visits the house pretending to be the children's Po Po. Soon after the wolf gets in their home, the clever daughter realizes the situation. She and her sisters lure the fox outside by telling how wonderful the gingko nuts are in the tree outside the house. Children will love this tale and make great connections to the american folk tale "Little Red Riding Hood". The illustrations are beautiful. ( )
  TiffanyMorgenweck | Jul 17, 2016 |
This Chinese version of the Red Riding Hood tells of three girls who are left at home to outsmart a wolf who has come to visit under the pretense of being their grandmother. The trip tic panels used in the illustrations are rich in Chinese artistic heritage and connect to the use of threes in fairy tales. The dark, shadowy illustrations add to the suspense of what will happen to the girls and the cleverness of the oldest sister will cause readers to root for her to outsmart the wolf. This is a well-crafted and illustrated version of a familiar fairy tale. ( )
  RebeccaRyan | Jul 16, 2016 |
If you enjoy retellings of traditional folk tales, this is an excellent book. Lon Po Po won the Caldocott deservedly. When the mom leaves her 3 daughters overnight, she warns them to lock up. As in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf tries to trick Shang, Tao, and Paotze. The 3 sisters are able to trick the wolf by the end of the story. ( )
  Patty6508 | Jul 5, 2016 |
Lon Po Po A Red Riding Hood Story from China Translated and Illustrated By: Ed Young
This book tells of three sisters Shang, Tao, and Paotze whose mother has left to visit their grandmother or in Chinese Po Po. The mother gives her three children specific instructions for the children to follow at night. The children hear a knock at the door. It is supposedly their Po Po. However, the children soon learn after letting Po Po in that it is a wolf. The children climb up a gingko tree for safety. They devise a plan and in the end they kill the wolf. The children then return to sleep. In the conclusion, the mother returns home with goodies from the real Po Po.

The point of view appears to be omniscient. The setting is in China. As I began reading I could detect a suspense tone as well as a mysterious tone. The illustrations in the text make the reader aware that Po Po is a wolf earlier than the children detect it. The children’s plan is illustrated with surrealism. The book is full of vivid illustrations that will keep children engaged in the story. The book is very descriptive in the actions that take place allowing the reader to picture what is happening. Through this book children can learn valuable lessons such as not talking to strangers and listening to parents instructions.

1. Ask children to write out instructions that parents give them and what consequences happen when they don’t listen.
2. Ask children to sequence events from the story.
3. Ask children what they know of Chinese culture and look up information.
4. Ask children to compare and Contrast this book to Little Red Riding Hood.
5. Give children a worksheet to fill out Title, Setting, Characters, Plot, and Lessons Learned.
6. Have children write if I were one of the sisters I would…, or if I was the wolf I would…. ( )
  RebekahBowers | Jun 30, 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."
"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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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.

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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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