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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Folklore

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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (1989)

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Lon Po Po received the Cadecott Medal, and it's sub title proclaims, "A red-riding hood story from china." The folklore describes the wolf who tries to trick the children into thinking that he is their grandmother and in turn gets tricked by the three children. There are almost no similarities to the little red riding hood as mentioned on the cover besides there is a wolf who wants to eat a human. This tale does have the violent content, the wolf dies by their hands. The cultural elements of the story are barely present.
  Kaitlyn_Rivera | Feb 22, 2017 |
This version of the Red Riding Hood story from Young features three daughters left at home when their mother goes to visit their grandmother. Lon Po Po, the Granny Wolf, pretends to be the girls' grandmother, until clever Shang, the eldest daughter, suspects the greedy wolf's real identity. Tempting him with ginkgo nuts, the girls pull him in a basket to the top of the tree in which they are hiding, then let go of the rope--killing him.The juxtaposition of abstract and realistic representations, the complicated play of color and shadow, and the depth of the artist's vision all help transform this simple fairy tale into an extraordinary and powerful book. ( )
  JacquelineWelsh | Feb 21, 2017 |
A Chinese folktale that teaches the moral that you should listen to what your mother tells you to do.
  edwardcandler | Jan 29, 2017 |
Myth/Folklore, book 2

Summary: Three young girl's are left alone at night while their mother travels to see their grandma. A wolf who sees the mother leave, longs to eat the girls, and hatches up a plan. He knocks on the door and pretends to be their grandma. The girls eventually outsmart him and he ends up with a heart in pieces and dead under a tree.

The illustrations were amazing. This book is a caldecott winner and it's easy to see why. I'm uncertain but it looks a lot like water color. Each of the pages is like it's own individual painting. The strokes are so beautiful and meaningful. I was hesitant to read this book but I have seen it everywhere so I wanted to be in the know. I was definitely not disappointed. I think it was interesting that it was a classic story with somewhat of a twist. That was kind of refreshing and I love stories where clever children prevail.
  ahle | Dec 4, 2016 |
Lon Po Po is a fabulous book to read during a fairytale or folktale unit. Students can easily relate the book to the American version of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The illustrations are more impressionistic, but they still contain very vivid color to where readers still have an understanding of what is going on in the scene. The book would be good to use for comparing/contrasting texts and could also be used for folktale/fairytale adaptations in a unit.
  hannahpere | Oct 2, 2016 |
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Ed Youngprimary authorall editionscalculated
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.

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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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