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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 by Ed Young (1989)


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Three young girls are left at home for the night when their mother leaves to visit their grandmother. Nearby, a wolf watches as the mother leaves. At dusk, the wolf dresses as an old woman and knocks on the door of the three girls. Pretending to be the little girls' Po Po, the wolf persuades the girls to let him in. As they lay down together, the wolf is asked questions about his tail and claws. The oldest sister becomes curious and lights a light that lasts only long enough to see the wolf's hairy face. She then deceives the wolf into letting them climb a tree outside in order to pick Gingko nuts for the wolf. When they do not return with his nuts, the wolf becomes outraged. He goes out to the tree only to be told that Gingko nuts are only good right after they've been picked. They come up with a plan to pull the wolf up by a rope and basket so that he can pick the nuts himself. Each attempt ended with the wolf falling back to the ground until the final attempt killed him. The three girls then went back into the house and waited till morning when their mother returned.

Reflection: I've read this book before many years ago but now I understand it better. These three girls are very smart and cunning. This story is a Chinese twist on the Red-Riding Hood tale we know today. It does have some similarities but the setting and plot are slightly different. It is a very enjoyable book to read. I like when authors twist a tale or tell it from a different point of view.

Extensions: 1. Have children compare "Lon Po Po" to "Little Red Riding Hood." Create a visual chart to represent similarities and differences.

2. Talk about safety. Ask the students what they should do if someone they aren't sure about comes to the door. Have a speaker come and talk to them. ( )
  mnewby17 | Mar 4, 2015 |
Lon Po Po is a Red Riding Hood story from China. There are three that are left at home because their mother wants to go see their grandmother. A wolf sees that the children's mother has left and he decides to try to go into their house and eat them. With some deduction, the children realize that the wolf is a wolf and not their grandmother. They lure the wolf out into a trap, and they end up killing the wolf and saving themselves. I would use this book in the classroom if we were talking about culture and how stories change throughout different cultures. Genre: Folktale ( )
  amassingale | Feb 10, 2015 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because the plot was suspenseful. The wolf kept getting trying to get in the tree throughout the whole story. But I didn’t like the illustrations. I didn’t like how the eyes on the children and the wolf were painted. It gives me an uncomfortable feeling and makes the story seem scarier. The big idea of the story is teamwork is the best way to solve a problem. ( )
  moaks1 | Feb 9, 2015 |
Another version of Little Red Riding hood as told in China. I liked this version and it would be fun to compare and contrast to the version we commonly tell in the United States. This tale is a little dark and might be scary for some younger kids.
  dkemp | Jan 31, 2015 |
The illustrations are dreamy, beautiful, and often chilling. Some young readers may find them a little frightening. In the story, three young sisters work together to protect one another from a hungry wolf. As this is a different telling of the Red-Riding Hood story, it could be used in a compare/contrast discussion. ( )
  EliseMT | Jan 31, 2015 |
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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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